HCM Issue 10 2023

Page 74


Powerbase is now one of the most heavily-instrumented strength and conditioning facilities in the world

Delivering the

VISION L Loughborough University set out to expand its Powerbase gym to support people both with and without disabilities equally, as Gregory Bradley explains

BLK BOX delivered all project stages, from concept and manufacturing, to installation


Rich Ellis, Loughborough University

oughborough University is renowned as one of the world’s leading universities for sport, as well as being home to numerous Olympic, Paralympic and world champions and the NFL Academy. The recent expansion of Loughborough’s Powerbase gym stands as a testament to inclusivity, providing a holistic training environment for both able-bodied and para-sport athletes, with innovative rack designs and equipment placements. These adaptations ensure both able-bodied and para-sport athletes can train side by side without compromise, with the facility also serving as a hub for athlete rehabilitation and pioneering sports research. Powerbase is also a training ground for the next generation of strength and conditioning professionals.


A strong partnership Loughborough’s focus on creating and supporting a diverse, equitable and inclusive community, as part of the investment in Powerbase, offered a great opportunity to consider the needs of people with disabilities from the very start. The university has a high concentration of multisport practitioners on campus and the team driving the development had an intricate understanding of the needs of each of their programmes. This expertise was complemented by input from practitioners from Loughborough’s national governing body and institute partners, ensuring rigorous and meticulous planning went into the new development.

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