University of Leicester launches ground-breaking new facility

Posted by pt91 at Apr 30, 2012 10:33 AM |
Campus infrastructure work brings bonus for cyclists

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 30 April 2012

PHOTO OPP: University Bike Park Opening Ceremony

With Keelan Phillips, Leicester’s Pro-Freestyle BMX rider

Tuesday 8 May at 1pm

University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH

A programme of improvements being carried out to the infrastructure at the University of Leicester has led to a bonus for cyclists.

As part of essential podium strengthening works in front of the award-winning David Wilson Library, the University is enhancing its infrastructure capacity and creating a new underground bike park.

The £1m scheme reflects the University’s commitment to working towards a more sustainable future and is designed to benefit students, staff and visitors.

Leicester based contractor, Danaher & Walsh (Civil Engineering) Ltd spearheaded the project. The scheme (amongst other work being carried out) will increase cycle storage capacity at the Central Campus by almost 70% and create a new underground parking store for over 300 cycles as well as strengthening the podium in order to allow essential Library maintenance, creating easier access to the Library and improving the overall aesthetics of the site.

The Bike Store was the brainchild of a University Estates’ project manager who heard a presentation on the University’s Travel Plan objectives whilst designing the podium works and realised the golden opportunity to provide a great facility to help encourage staff and students to find more sustainable ways to get to work.

Several local allotment societies have also benefitted from the project with reused flagstones and benches being donated by the University for community projects in the city.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor Christine Fyfe said: “These works will complete the vision for the award winning Library - central to the University’s strategy for developing the estate in line with our aspiration to remain a top university, committed to the student experience and able to compete effectively in a global market. It also illustrates the continued commitment to reduce the University’s carbon emissions by 60% and promote sustainable values.”

Ian Gilbert, Contracts Manager at Danaher & Walsh stated: “We are delighted that the University of Leicester has chosen to appoint a local contractor to undertake this prestigious project and are pleased to be working in partnership with them once again.”

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Note to newsdesk: For more information, contact :

Dr Sandra Lee

Environment Team

University of Leicester

T: +44 (0)116 252 2306

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