University opens state-of-the-art Students’ Union building
A new state-of-the-art Students’ Union building has officially opened at Aston University in Birmingham with a plaque unveiling by Sir Dominic Cadbury. The opening ceremony included speeches from Aston’s Vice Chancellor Professor Alec Cameron and Aston Students’ Union President Amna Atteeq.
The event has been attended by former sabbatical officers of the SU, alumni donors, members of the university executive team, as well as staff and students; with guests being taken on tours of the building and clubs and societies doing demonstrations in various spaces throughout their new facility.
The £10 million Adrian Cadbury building, named after the former University Chancellor, houses a café, bar and restaurant, shop, social spaces, prayer room, washing facilities, games area, media room, multi-exhibition and rehearsal space as well as a work area for the union’s team of student officers.
The new build, designed by architects Robothams and erected by Clegg Construction, replaces the original 1960s Students’ Union building and is located at the heart of the university’s campus.
The two-storey, steel framed building has achieved an A-rated Energy Performance Certificate due to its incorporation of district heating, the use of sustainable timbers, photovoltaic panels and a strict recycling policy.
Max Mcloughlin, Chief Executive of the Students’ Union, said:
“The new building is going to be a real game changer for the student experience. It will make a genuine difference to students’ lives on the Aston University campus. Purpose-built SUs are few and far between in the UK, and now at Aston we have the newest and arguably one of the best. The students are going to love it!”
Amna Atteeq, the Students’ Union President at Aston University, said:
“I know students are going to absolutely love the new SU building and it’s going to become a home from home whilst they are studying at Aston.
“I’m going to be finishing my studies next year and I can’t wait to spend time enjoying the amazing new building.”
Simon Blackburn, Managing Director of Clegg Construction, said:
“This is a fantastic new venue for the Students’ Union and is among the most modern and sustainable of its type in the country.
“We were delighted to work with Aston University once again, having also completed the new labs for the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies.”