beer, butties and music
£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.
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
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
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
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.
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."
building was officially opened on Friday 11, and the celebrations
were attended by 300 former sabbaticals, students and