Located at the entry to the campus on a steeply sloping narrow site, the programme for the new Student Union required a lot to be squeezed in. Despite the physical constraints the architect has achieved a fully inclusive building and even found room for external terrace areas.
The palette of materials: slate walls, extensive glazing with timber louvres, zinc cladding and rendered surfaces has been used in a simple yet clear manner, with the stone forming the base and glazed façades floating above.
Internally the sequence of spaces makes this a pleasing building to explore, with a triple-height staircase acting as the pivot where the plan rotates. The internal accommodation provides everything students require: meeting spaces, relaxation areas, café, bars, administration, nightclub/performing venue and a retail area.