Newcastle University’s Students’ Union (SU) building. Newcastle

Project: Newcastle University, Newcastle

Leading environmental firm SLR Consulting has collaborated with Faulkerbrowns Architects and BAM Construction Ltd on an £8m project to refurbish Newcastle University’s Students’ Union (SU) building.

The project has transformed the entire building and has significantly improved the services and facilities available to students. These include new 24-hour computer clusters and social learning areas, a dedicated sport, societies and volunteering area, Student Advice Centre, gig and event space as well as new places to eat and drink.

SLR redesigned the courtyard to the rear of the Union with new paving, Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant steps and ramps – all in natural stone.

In partnership with Faulknerbrowns’ scheme architect Alistair Stripp, SLR also designed external cladding and new handrails to the various elevations surrounding the courtyard. SLR’s graphics team, who are based in Sailors Bethall  in Newcastle, prepared a number of 3D visualisations of the scheme during the design development phase.

SLR’s Senior Landscape Architect Adrian Clarke, who designed the scheme, said: “This project collaboration has helped to transform the once drab and uninspiring space into a modern and colourful hub for student activity.”