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Issue 475, 21 January 2002

More beer, butties and music

A 4.8m extension of one of the country's largest student union buildings has given the city a new music venue, and Leeds University Union more bars than any students' union in the UK.

A new terrace bar, complete with sun-terrace and disabled access, joins the old bar and those in the refurbished bar coda and new stylus club and music venue. LUU now has six shops, including Leeds' second largest newsagent, an off-licence, a card and ticket shop, a copy shop, one selling past exam papers and the last union-run bookshop in the country. The work has taken 18 months and the finished building offers 40% more shopping and meeting space for students.

Over one million visitors come through the Union each year, drinking annually around 1,260,000 pints of beer, lager and cider and eating over 3,000 sandwiches a day during term-time.

The acoustics in stylus, which holds audiences of 1,000 have been widely praised by music journalists. Communications officer Kathryn Edwards said: "We already have the refectory, which is the biggest venue in Leeds, and this new extension has given us another venue for live music events. Last term we had high-profile acts such as Judge Jules, Goldie, Roots Manuva and OPM, showing that our new venue not only looks great, but can compete with established clubs in the city."

The new venue will build on Leeds' strong reputation for music. The Who's concert in the refectory in 1970 became a landmark in live recordings.

Will Howells, finance and commercial services officer said: "We're extremely proud of the huge range of facilities which LUU can offer our students now. It's taken many years of work to achieve this, but it's been well worth it. We'd like to thank everyone in the University who supported us through the construction and, of course, all our hard-working staff, without whom none of this would have been possible."

The building was officially opened on Friday 11, and the celebrations were attended by 300 former sabbaticals, students and University staff.

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