SPACE

New social spaces to create success together

We were approached by the university with some exciting opportunities for us to create spaces for students in both Cambridge and Chelmsford.

As part of our Strategic Plan, we committed to:

  • create opportunities and deliver activities that make students proud to be part of the ARU community
  • create spaces for students to socialise, collaborate and succeed, enabling them to transform the lives of others and deliver on our vision of students creating success together

These aims, alongside our research about what students want in the spaces, and working with contractors and designers are becoming a reality.

So here's what's happening...

Cambridge

We relocated our SU office from Helmore to the ground floor of Peter Taylor House in September 2017. This has allowed the SU space to grow significantly in size, which means we could create a large area for student social space.

The space is a comfortable, welcoming, flexible space for students to use how they please, including;

  • relaxing with friends
  • working with other students
  • informal group studying
  • course-based society meet ups 
  • interest-based society meet ups
  • meetings with student representatives (course reps, faculty reps, campaign reps and full time Executive Officers)
  • meetings with SU staff

The space includes:

  • a variety of seating, sofas and booths
  • desks and power points to charge laptops etc.
  • a kitchen area for students to use with a hot water tap and a microwave
  • society lockers and a trophy cabinet
  • bookable meeting room with video conferencing facilities

Ground Floor Peter Taylor House designs:

Note: these are the designs only. Find the launch photos on Facebook.

 

 

Find out more here

 

Chelmsford

We have the opportunity to reinvigorate the first floor of the Tindal building, currently the space of the SU offices and the Student Lounge. We are also going to be re-vamping the ground floor into a modern café/bar.

These changes are going to be ready for Feb/March 2018. 

We're moving out of Tindal on Friday 20th October for the work to be completed. Our temporary reception desk is in Marconi and you'll get pointed in the right direction from there.

We recognise that a lot of students currently use Tindal, so while the work is going on, there will be Coffee at The Dome; traditional barista coffee and hot drinks Monday-Friday 8am-4pm, and social space inside The Dome. Alternative food options will be available in Marconi and MAB.


The first floor will no longer have accommodate the SU bar. It will however continue to house the SU offices but will be moved to create a large, open, comfortable, welcoming space for students to use how they please, including;

  • relaxing with friends
  • working with other students
  • informal group studying
  • course-based society meet ups 
  • interest-based society meet ups
  • meetings with student representatives (course reps, faculty reps, campaign reps and full time Executive Officers)
  • meetings with SU staff

The space will include:

  • a variety of seating, sofas and booths
  • desks and power points to charge laptops etc.
  • society lockers and a trophy cabinet
  • bookable meeting room with video conferencing facilities

The ground floor is being transformed. The space will be a modern café/bar where students will be able to have good quality, fresh food throughout the day. Students will be able to come and go or take part in events and activities, including;

  • relaxing with friends on comfortable seating indoors
  • sitting out on the terrace area in the sun
  • attending a variety of evening events, such as quizzes, movie nights, karaoke 
  • a flexible hut on the terrace for extras such a DJ booth, Pimm's bar, gin bar, or an ice cream stall

The space will include:

  • a café with a freshly cooked hot food offering from breakfast onwards
  • barista coffee, hot chocolate and speciality teas
  • grab and go area serving sandwiches
  • a bar serving cocktails, mocktails and draught beer

1st Floor and Ground Floor Tindal designs:

Note: some of the decor will be different as these are designs only. 

 

 

Find out more here