Work begins on new Students' Union building

27 March 2018

Work has begun on the new Students’ Union building which will provide a purpose built facility to support today’s students.  The welcoming modern space with a double height entrance hall is located in the centre of the student accommodation and adjacent to the Chancellor’s Lake.  The new building will be named after Aston’s Chancellor of 25 years Sir Adrian Cadbury.

The £10m Adrian Cadbury building will open in April 2019. It will be home to over 100 student clubs and societies and provides flexible socialising and learning spaces, The Advice and Representation Centre which counsels students on issues relating their health, wellbeing and academic studies, provide prayer and meeting rooms as well as a bar, cafe, shop and two large halls for events. You can view a digital fly through of the new building below: 

With more students than ever before living at home and away from campus, the ability for the Union to deliver exceptional services and opportunities has never been so important. It allows all students, no matter what their background, to have the opportunity to be fully immersed in life on campus.

The current building has been core part of the student experience for 50 years and has been redeveloped many times (with a roof top terrace and bar at one point!).  Student numbers have increased in the past few years to over 13,000 and with rising expectations of modern, high quality social, welfare and sports services the current building is no longer fit for purpose and will close its doors for the final time in early 2019. 

Always a strong supporter of Aston University, Sir Adrian Cadbury bequeathed £500,000 to support the new building.  Sir Adrian, who passed away in 2015, had a long association with Aston which began in the late 1950s, and he was Chancellor at the University from 1979 to 2004.  

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