8,000 students, one big decision

What do students want from their Union?

That’s the £12 million question the Your Union Redevelopment committee is asking students, staff and friends about the renovation of the Student Association Building.  And it’s no small undertaking — the building was built in 1973, when the University was 1/3 of its current size, and has undergone only minor upgrades since.  At the same time, the sheer number of student groups that use the building for meetings, social events, rehearsals, committees and office space have dramatically increased, while the technology needs have expanded.

Nearly 20 years in the planning, the renovations will provide a dramatic new façade, new and improved event venues including a 140-seat performance space, open plan offices, a 21st century multimedia suite, rehearsal rooms, and enlarged and improved society and commercial spaces

With an investment like this, it’s important that the design fully matches the expectations of the current and future student populations.

The architectural plans are finalised and the rooms are set, but some of the major decisions — colours, configurations, space names — are still in discussion.  Weigh in by joining the Your Union Redevelopment Facebook page, and scroll down to see the most recent set of plans.


3 thoughts on “8,000 students, one big decision

  1. Jane says:

    where’s the bar?
    surely a glass-fronted building is going to be less cost-effective (and less energy-efficient!!) in terms of heating?

  2. Hi, Jane. Thanks very much for your questions. There will actually be three event spaces, all of which function as bars, in the building — basically one on each floor. Each one will have its own “feel.” As far as the glass is concerned, the goal for the building is to be certified BREAM excellent, so I’m sure the architects have considered the energy-efficiency of the glass, but I think it might be best if someone from the committee answered that part of your question!

  3. We’ve asked the project manager about the energy-efficiency of the glass. He assures us that its ability to reduce thermal heat build-up and transfer, the building design is well within Building Control Standards.

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