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Woodhead delivers teaching hub for Loughborough University

Construction company Woodhead has completed a £2million project to deliver a new teaching hub for Loughborough University.

The West Park Teaching Hub, is located in the former Ford College building where work to convert the existing building began last July. The project which was completed in January has involved a complete adaptation, reconfiguration and refurbishment of the internal layout.

Working alongside Core Architects, an innovative design was developed to deliver a creative teaching and learning space for the university.

Project quantity surveyor, Matt Stone, said: “We were given an initial design brief from the university team which was a really open concept and invited us to be as creative as possible. This enabled us to push the boundaries and come up with an innovative plan to use the space. Along with the architects we have worked hard to deliver an inspiring and flexible workspace which meets the needs of the university and its students.”

The facility has been converted to provide a series of high quality lecture theatres, the largest of which will be able to accommodate an audience of 258. The facility also includes two seminar rooms and a central learning and exhibition zone which can be used as two small areas or one large one.

The 23 week refurbishment and renovation project is now complete and has seen the interior of the building change dramatically. Alongside the formal teaching space will be an informal learning area with comfortable seating as well as open plan waiting areas with seating and a café.

Peter Goldsworthy, Project Manager for Loughborough University, said, “The Henry Ford building is very recognisable externally and we were keen for the interior to be just as memorable, so it’s been great to see the transformation over the last few months. The development of the building forms part of the university’s wider development programme which is being delivered in order to expand Loughborough’s existing academic provision.”

The West Park Teaching Hub project was secured by Woodhead through a competitive design and build tender. At the time of the bid, the team was in the process of delivering a project for Loughborough University at the Edward Herbert Building on campus. The project, which saw the transformation of The Linford Dining Suite, a kitchen and dining facility, into a multi-faith centre for the university, was completed earlier this year.

Photographs provided by MIES.