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BLK BOX and Loughborough University set new standards for student-athlete performance environments

31 Oct 2023
Loughborough University's new training facility spans 3,200 square meters / BLK BOX / Loughborough University
BLK BOX has partnered with Loughborough University to deliver a world-leading facility for student-athlete performance.

Officially unveiled by UK Sport CEO Sally Munday, Loughborough University's expansive new training facility, spanning an impressive combined 3,200 square meters, represents a milestone in elevating the university's elite strength and conditioning environment.

Loughborough University, renowned for its sporting excellence and home to numerous Olympic, Paralympic, and World Champions, as well as the NFL Academy, has earned the distinction of being named the UK's top university for sports in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide.

Speaking on the partnership with BLK BOX, Jo Simpson, Commercial and Facilities Director for Loughborough Sport, said: “This new facility further enhances the world-leading sporting infrastructure at Loughborough University. We’ve worked with our partners to set a new benchmark for accessible and instrumented training environments.

“Together we have created one of the world’s leading elite strength and conditioning centres. It will enable students, athletes, and squads the opportunity to train together without compromise, while creating an important teaching and research environment for our academic ambitions globally.”

With the support of BLK BOX, the expansion of the Powerbase gym stands as a testament to inclusivity, providing a holistic training environment catering to both able-bodied and para-sport athletes, including innovative rack designs and equipment placements. These adaptations ensure that both able-bodied and para-sport athletes can train without compromise. Additionally, it serves as a hub for athlete rehabilitation, pioneering sports research, and nurturing the next generation of strength and conditioning professionals.

Rich Ellis, Head of Gyms & Technical Relationships at Loughborough University, emphasized the collaboration with BLK BOX: "We sought expertise in various domains, and BLK BOX emerged as the preferred choice for several reasons. Their extensive experience in the performance market, coupled with their ability to draw insights from diverse sectors, greatly appealed to us. We had a clear vision of our needs, and partnering with a team that offers solutions and an agile engineering approach has proven invaluable."

The latest advancements in the gym will play a pivotal role in Loughborough University's mission to prepare athletes for the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris 2024. Powerbase continues to serve as a central hub for Loughborough's network of 15 performance partners and national governing bodies, further solidifying its status as the ultimate training facility for elite-level athletes.

BLK BOX Sales Director, Gregory Bradley commented: “We are delighted to partner with Loughborough University on this landmark project. At BLK BOX we love a complex challenge and developing a solution of this scale and innovation has been a great opportunity to showcase our custom design and UK manufacturing capability. We wish the Loughborough University team and the students the very best as they prepare for the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris 2024”

To find out more about BLK BOX projects and product, visit www.blkboxfitness.com
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press release: BLK BOX

BLK BOX and Loughborough University set new standards for student-athlete performance environments

31 Oct 2023
Loughborough University's new training facility spans 3,200 square meters / BLK BOX / Loughborough University
BLK BOX has partnered with Loughborough University to deliver a world-leading facility for student-athlete performance.

Officially unveiled by UK Sport CEO Sally Munday, Loughborough University's expansive new training facility, spanning an impressive combined 3,200 square meters, represents a milestone in elevating the university's elite strength and conditioning environment.

Loughborough University, renowned for its sporting excellence and home to numerous Olympic, Paralympic, and World Champions, as well as the NFL Academy, has earned the distinction of being named the UK's top university for sports in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide.

Speaking on the partnership with BLK BOX, Jo Simpson, Commercial and Facilities Director for Loughborough Sport, said: “This new facility further enhances the world-leading sporting infrastructure at Loughborough University. We’ve worked with our partners to set a new benchmark for accessible and instrumented training environments.

“Together we have created one of the world’s leading elite strength and conditioning centres. It will enable students, athletes, and squads the opportunity to train together without compromise, while creating an important teaching and research environment for our academic ambitions globally.”

With the support of BLK BOX, the expansion of the Powerbase gym stands as a testament to inclusivity, providing a holistic training environment catering to both able-bodied and para-sport athletes, including innovative rack designs and equipment placements. These adaptations ensure that both able-bodied and para-sport athletes can train without compromise. Additionally, it serves as a hub for athlete rehabilitation, pioneering sports research, and nurturing the next generation of strength and conditioning professionals.

Rich Ellis, Head of Gyms & Technical Relationships at Loughborough University, emphasized the collaboration with BLK BOX: "We sought expertise in various domains, and BLK BOX emerged as the preferred choice for several reasons. Their extensive experience in the performance market, coupled with their ability to draw insights from diverse sectors, greatly appealed to us. We had a clear vision of our needs, and partnering with a team that offers solutions and an agile engineering approach has proven invaluable."

The latest advancements in the gym will play a pivotal role in Loughborough University's mission to prepare athletes for the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris 2024. Powerbase continues to serve as a central hub for Loughborough's network of 15 performance partners and national governing bodies, further solidifying its status as the ultimate training facility for elite-level athletes.

BLK BOX Sales Director, Gregory Bradley commented: “We are delighted to partner with Loughborough University on this landmark project. At BLK BOX we love a complex challenge and developing a solution of this scale and innovation has been a great opportunity to showcase our custom design and UK manufacturing capability. We wish the Loughborough University team and the students the very best as they prepare for the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris 2024”

To find out more about BLK BOX projects and product, visit www.blkboxfitness.com
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Gregory Bradley, sales director
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Gregory Bradley, founder/sales director
Miles Canning, marketing director
Ben Stocks, managing director
Key customers
Alongside a strong portfolio in professional sport boasting 15+ Premiership teams, BLK BOX has been fortunate enough to hold long-standing relationships with some of the world’s leading brands, gyms, and organisations, including:

• Nike,
• Under Armour,
• Adidas,
• REPRESENT,
• Corinthia Hotels,
• PureGym, and
• Gymbox.
Plans for the next 12 months
Over the next 12 months, we will continue to drive product innovation, with a strong focus on enhancing the BLK BOX Nexus Range as well as introducing some exciting new products.

Operationally, we're dedicated to maintaining industry-leading production times, support, and service for our clients.

Additionally, we'll continue investing in our sustainability initiatives, prioritizing sustainable supply and responsible practices in our manufacturing processes, and aligning with our commitment to a more sustainable future.
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NIKE – London HQ

"This new location is an amazing environment, with plans to positively impact the community way beyond its perimeter walls. This new strength and conditioning studio will play a pivotal role in supporting this dream.

Working with Miles Canning, Gregory Bradley, and the rest of the BLK BOX team was an absolute joy, and I'm super proud of the legacy that we have left for Nike athletes and, of course, our local London communities, who deserve a premium space to get inspired and work out in."

– Bex Moorhouse, workplace design & connectivity director, Nike
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PUREGYM

"We believe our ongoing partnership with BLK BOX helps us further distinguish our offering in the global market. We have a very clear plan to deliver growth, and we believe our partnership with BLK BOX will help us achieve our aims.

We were very impressed with the functional training zone concept that BLK BOX collaborated with us on, and we are keen on building upon the partnership so we can continue to evolve our product offering for our members."

– Richard Annetts, head of gym format & equipment, PureGym
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LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY

"For Powerbase, we aimed to collaborate with specialists in various areas, and BLK BOX emerged as the clear choice in the tender process for several reasons. Their extensive expertise in the performance market, coupled with their ability to glean insights from their work in other sectors, greatly benefits us.

While we were confident in our needs for the facility, partnering with a team that offered solutions and an agile engineering approach proved pivotal. We have tangible examples of innovation and collaboration in this facility, such as tailored accessible storage solutions designed to accommodate the mezzanine's pillars.”

– Rich Ellis, head of gyms and technical relationships, Loughborough University
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