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Student Hub, Piazza and Pan-Asian Cafeteria - Loughborough University Students Union

A coffee bar by day that blends into the party scene by night and a completely new kind of fast food restaurant.

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Project highlights

Client: Loughborough University Students Union

Year: 2010

Services Provided: Concept Design, Detailed Design, Project Management

Project overview

This area truly works for the Team at Lufbra SU.
This is a rare gem, many “multipurpose spaces just don’t work as they become the jack of all and master of none. The Piazza in a well-lit atrium area is designed feels right when the students and lecturers are drinking coffee and eating light food from early morning onwards.

The project was part of a 600k restructuring of the Student unions main ground floor offering. “Chartwells Book Shop” took up 30% of the ground floor and really constricted what the Union could do with their space.

The reception that was tucked out of sight was brought into the entry point of the space, staircase were removed and remodelled to improve the connectivity with the Sabbatical teams offices on the 1st floor. A series of Glass fronted meeting rooms were created, this allowed the sabbatical officers to be more connected to the students.

A rapid door entry system was developed to improve the speed of entry in to the union. The union has over 9000 customer night time entries per week so it was critical to get the customers into the building as fast as possible. A stadium type entry philosophy was created with 6 entry points processing 4500 students in record speed on sold out peak nights

The union also welcomed JoMakan a Malaysian restaurant with Major sites in Pall Mall and Westfield to the union building.

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