Work starts on new student spaces

New student social spaces will be popping up around campus over the summer, ready for students returning in September.

LJMU is investing £1.5 million in developing six spaces, after students across the University said they wanted more dedicated places to relax and socialise with friends.

Liverpool Students Union played a key role in the project, gathering over 1,200 comments from students about what they wanted in their social spaces. These conversations directly informed the architectural and interior design brief, as outgoing Students’ Union President Aisling Davis explains:

“The social spaces project is a huge win for LJMU students. It has featured their views from the very start, helping them shape the spaces that they will spend time in on campus. From picking types of furniture to lighting fixtures and fittings, students’ views have led our thinking every step of the way.”

Jan Murphy, Director of Strategic Partnership Initiatives, adds:

“Students were very clear that they wanted space to relax, use mobile devices, socialise and do ‘casual’ study. While each space will have common design features, they are all slightly different reflecting the needs of students at each location.”

Located in six buildings – Redmonds Building, John Foster Building, IM Marsh, Byrom Street, Tithebarn Building and the John Lennon Art & Design Building – the spaces will offer an eclectic mix of fun and functionality for everyone at the University. Expect indoor lawns, trees, colliding tables as well as much-needed IT and refreshment facilities and mobile charging docks. Within each area, students will be able to relax, have a drink, charge their phone, put up posters or simply hang out with friends.

Monika Swindells, from KKA Interiors who designed the spaces, explains:

“We were inspired by Liverpool’s art and music scene, and parks and squares, and the ‘big lawn’ concept brings the outside inside, creating new social amenities that are fun and functional.”

Alan White, Business Development Manager at ADT Workplace, the main contractor for the project says:

“It’s exciting to see how LJMU is using its estate to improve the campus experience, and we’re immensely proud to play a part.”

LiverpoolSU will also have much-needed presence at the spaces, making it easier for students to access their Students’ Union and everything it has to offer – from impartial advice and guidance to a wide range of clubs and societies.

Work is scheduled to take place over the summer to minimise disruption to students. The first space in the Redmonds Building is due to be complete by 7th July 2017, and all will be ready to be enjoyed by the start of the new academic year in September.

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