Students' Union - half way there

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24 July 2018

The new Students’ Union building is going up alarmingly quickly, and is on track as the project hits the halfway mark in August.  In the last 6 months, foundations have been dug, frame erected, floor slab poured, and flat roof fitted. Birmingham has basked in the sunshine for the last few weeks which has provided perfect conditions for fitting the main roof. We have been keeping track of the progress, and you can see how far we have come in just a few months in the slideshow below: 
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The new £10m building will replace the original Students’ Union (or Guild as it was formally known). The original building, built when we were just a campus of less than 5000 students, is no longer fit for purpose and will be demolished in 2019. Aston now has almost 15,000 students, with 40% living at home and away from campus. The new building, named the Adrian Cadbury Building after Aston’s former Chancellor, will provide social-learning space, a place to charge phones, prayer facilities for our growing Islamic community and a meeting space for course reps, student-led societies and sports teams. The Union will be a home away from home, providing facilities to heat up home cooking, taking away the need to buy from an outlet. 

Based within the accommodation area on campus and next to the Chancellors Lake, the Students’ Union will be at the centre of the student experience. In the next few months, the internal walls will be added, first fix electrics completed and the stairwell fitted. A fly through of the new space can be seen below: 

Since the announcement of the new Students’ Union, many of you have dug out your old photographs and shared your memories. A collection of your snaps spanning the last 50 years in the Guild has been shared online and proved incredibly popular with over 12,500 views. A slideshow of the images can be seen below:

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