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.