Under the new contract, Morgan Ashurst will carry out a massive transformation of the existing Students’ Union building, known as Percy Gee. This project will involve providing a new nightclub / lounge bar and live music venue, an activities resource centre for clubs and societies, a new education and representation service and a shop. Morgan Ashurst will also improve the existing accommodation agency.
Once completed, the building will showcase several striking design features including a huge glass atrium over the central market hall section, suspended walkways and a new high level external terrace. Energy-saving features will include a biomass boiler to generate a significant amount of all heat required for the building, as well as rainwater harvesting and natural ventilation.
The project is due to be completed in August 2010.
Image: An artist’s impression of the completed Percy Gee building.