Vice chair of the governors of Loughborough College Ian Nicholson explained that little historical information was available about The Gables, a distinctive feature of the town since it was built in 1880, which now houses the £1m Elite Athlete Performance Centre.
Speaking at the official opening ceremony on Thursday, August 30, he said its first owner was a William Clarke who bought it to enable her asthma suffering daughter to enjoy fresh country air. The building was then in community use in the 1930s when in the possession of Richard Sutton Clifford, a solicitor, Alderman and former Mayor of Loughborough.
It was later acquired by former College Principal Herbert Schofield for use as student accommodation.
Mr Nicholson said he was delighted to see the building in such impressive shape after being saddened at viewing its declining state in recent years.
Mr Nicholson is pictured right with Jim Mutton (left), retiring College Principal and instigator of the project, and Olympians past and present, Nicola White and Tommy Godwin.Tags: Elite Athlete Performance Centre, Loughborough College, Nicola White, Olympics, Paralympic Games, Tommy Godwin