Monday, 25 February 2019
Work formally starts on new HQ at Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park
A ground-breaking ceremony officially marked the start of work on a 100,000sq ft headquarters building for a national software company at Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park.
Leicestershire County Council deputy leader Byron Rhodes – who dug the first soil – said: “I’m pleased to start work on this scheme as it marks another significant step forward in the Council’s mission to invest in property and then put the money back into front-line services.
“This new office space will create around 500 new jobs and represents a pioneering partnership between the Council and Loughborough University.”
Professor Tracy Bhamra, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Enterprise) at Loughborough University, said: “This new building marks the start of exciting expansion at LUSEP within Loughborough and Leicester Science and Innovation Enterprise Zone.
The new HQ for The Access Group will generate £1.6m a year for front-line County Council services. It is due to open in July 2020.
The plans were first announced back in August last year by Midlands Engine Ministerial Champion Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP. Charnwood Borough Council approved them in October 2018.
The Access Group serves more than 16,000 UK companies and employs over 1,600 people, more than a third of whom are based in the Midlands. It has already established a mutually beneficial link with the university since opening a technical development and support centre at LUSEP in November 2016.
Jonathan Jorgensen, Chief Sales Officer at The Access Group, said: “We are extremely pleased to be breaking ground on our new head office.
“We wanted to focus on the right location for our continued expansion and Loughborough is a logical choice with easy access to skilled people from the University and the surrounding area."