This project for Loughborough University will create a five-storey Elite Athlete Centre and hotel alongside a student village of 573 bedrooms.
Part of Loughborough University’s wider elite sports environment, this brand-new hotel is the perfect environment for team training camps for all athletes, both able-bodied and with a disability.
It is a unique specialist hotel environment, designed specifically to meet the needs of elite athletes and their support staff. The pioneering hotel provides 44 specialist bedrooms, including 20 altitude rooms and 8 fully DDA compliant accessible rooms.
The 20 special altitude bedrooms can take athletes from sea level to 5,000m (Everest base camp). The pioneering bedrooms allow athletes to “live high, train low”, without the expense of travelling overseas or using uncomfortable, unhygienic tents.
The centre-piece of the hotel is its nutrition offer. With its high-performance nutrition restaurant and café, great nutrition that supports athletes is at the core of the delivery. The menus have been designed in conjunction with the English Institute of Sport and give athletes the right choices to help their training goals. It is hoped that the centre will be used by Team GB Olympians training for Tokyo 2020.
The student rooms provide a mixture of 465 en-suite bedrooms and 108 cluster flats with shared facilities. The village is on the edge of the university’s existing bustling campus and operates 24-hours a day, 365 days per year.