Construction of BU’s state-of-the-art Student Centre is now underway


Professor John Vinney, University Vice-Chancellor, and Sue Sutherland OBE, University Board Chair, were joined by key people from construction firm Willmott Dixon to ceremonially break the ground that will become home to the six-storey, glass-fronted centre.

The £10.5 million facility will provide significant additional learning space and become the new home to the Students’ Union at BU (SUBU).

Professor Vinney said: “We are committed to providing world-class facilities for our students and this building will provide just that.”

“Students expect modern, fit-for-purpose facilities that promote learning and generate a rich experience and this fantastic new building will meet their aspirations.”

The new Student Centre will include learning and leisure facilities, offices for SUBU, social learning spaces, radio and media studios, a student advice centre, meeting space, accessible open-plan areas for student-focused services and a café.

The new centre will give SUBU much more opportunity to increase engagement and involvement in its activities.

Louise Bryant, SUBU President, said: “This is fantastic news for the Students’ Union and all students who will come to study here.

“SUBU offers advice, representation, and a whole range of extracurricular activities for students including clubs, societies and volunteering.

“This new centre will not only make it easier for students to access all of these services but it will also provide them with more space to learn, study and socialise.”

The Student Centre is expected to be fully operational by spring 2015.

Computer-generated image of what the new Student Centre will look like when it is fully operational in spring 2015

Computer-generated image of what the new Student Centre will look like