New Year, New Building

Happy New Year!

Welcome to the next stage of our Union Upgrade project. It promises to be a pretty exciting year ahead for the LUU building as it takes shape before our eyes.

The last term started with the revealing of the spaces refurbished over the summer. The project overall continues to be on track although some individual elements are delayed, as the various sub-contracted parts need to come together. It was great to receive feedback from students about the new spaces, even though we know these are not yet at their full potential.


The Foyer has now been opened up

The main changes visitors will see over the next few weeks are around the entrances to the building. In the last week before Christmas, the remaining demolition work around the new atriums was happening overnight, impacting access on the Refectory side. The main foyer has now started to be sectioned into parts for refurbishment, which includes revealing the new opening to the first floor. 

It was great to see the new lift installed at the side of the stage in the Riley Smith Theatre at the end of December. During January, the dressing rooms will be finished allowing the lift to be fully commissioned and completed. As with all our spaces, expect this to be the start of further refining and developing the areas based on student feedback. Next to the theatre is the new Terrace kitchen now with an increased capacity and flexibility.

The next term is going to fly by – with the Leadership Race in February and the usual buzz of society and sports events bringing energy to our campus – hopefully by Easter we will see all the major parts of the construction project completed and ready to use.

Good luck to everyone studying for January exams and I hope you enjoy the term ahead.


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