Loughborough University in London picks up the baton on Olympic Legacy
Loughborough University is using the legacy of the 2012 Olympic games to create a world class sports business campus in London.
The University was invited to take over the press centre at the Olympic Park with its floor to ceiling glass walls and attractive landscaping. Designed by Allies and Morrison, it operated as a 24 hour media hub for 20,000 broadcasters, photographers and print journalists. The construction cost was £355 million and the main contractor was Carillion. BT Sport has been broadcasting from part of the centre since 2013.
The mission for Loughborough is now to create a blueprint for social and economic regeneration for other countries to draw on as they bid to host future Olympic games. Urban planners and government departments will be watching with interest on how these buildings are being regenerated into a digital industries and education campus with strong links to the international business and sports community.
The University is attracting academics from around the world and post-graduate students are given a major boost in skills and contacts towards employability.
View our interview here with Professor Mike Caine, Dean - Loughborough University in London, about taking over the buildings of the Olympic Park and re-modelling them to a new student campus.