Ask Aston students what the number one thing wrong with the SU is, and the most common answer is the building. It’s been a core part of the Aston student experience for 50 years, has taken many forms and been redeveloped numerous times (rooftop terrace and bar at one point) but all that is changing. As part of the campus master plan the old building is coming down and a new one is being built. With a new building on the horizon for over a decade, there has naturally been little investment in the current space and this hasn’t helped with students' opinions of the current SU in recent years.
But all this is about to change when in Spring 2019 the newest and freshest purpose built SU in the country will open its doors to Aston students – providing them with the space they deserve in the heart of campus, supporting the SU to deliver exceptional services and opportunities, in a purpose built building. It will be the best place on campus to develop your employability, hang out with friends, grab a drink, eat some food or simply charge your phone.
I know which one I prefer!
The process has not been easy, design by ‘committee’ can at times be tough and challenging. Numerous Presidents and officers have come and gone, each with their own view on what space should be like, as have key Union and University staff. But the hurdles and challenges have all been worthwhile and under the watchful eye of Robotham’s architects, the new space started to take shape.
Today we’re able to show Aston students, new and old, an amazing digital flythrough - something for everyone to feel proud of and get excited about.