Date of release: Monday, April 25, 2016

Medway HubThe £4.6 million Student Hub at Medway is fast becoming a reality.

Work is continuing day and night on the building, which will be home to a brand new, state-of-the-art student centre. Once the site of a swimming pool and skittles alley, the listed building is being transformed by the universities of Greenwich and Kent into a new, vibrant entertainment and social space at the shared Medway Campus in Chatham Maritime.

Key features include a café/bar, catering facilities, and large, open-plan spaces for meetings and a mixture of social activities. It will also house the offices of GK Unions, the partnership between the Students' Union University of Greenwich (SUUG) and Kent Union. There's even a quiet space for reading or working on laptops or tablets, plus a series of individual booths, a pool table and a mass of colourful bean bags and coffee tables. Special lighting will be added to make the new space welcoming by day and atmospheric by night.

GK Unions has other exciting plans for placing the Hub at the heart of the Medway student experience, such as running music nights, open mic events and film nights.

The Student Hub will receive its official opening in September, ahead of freshers' fairs and the start of the new academic year.

Students have helped to shape the design of the Student Hub from the start, giving their views through surveys and a consultation process. As Harry Hodges, President of the Students' Union, University of Greenwich, explains, the look and feel of the place will continue to evolve according to students' needs. "It's exciting now that we are getting so close to the opening, but most of all we look forward to students inhabiting the space, and working out exactly what does and doesn't quite fit," he says. "We'll be welcoming more views and feedback throughout, to make sure that we're getting it just right."

Based between the Drill Hall Library and the sports hall, the Hub will also have an attractive 'piazza'-style front area, with outdoor seating, plants, lighting and space for events.

Around 30 students will also be employed by the Student Hub in part-time roles in its reception and offices, café/bar and kitchen. Students can apply via the GK Unions website.

Earlier this year students voted on the name for the centre, and also for its café/bar, The Deep End. This is a nod to the fact that it is directly over the original swimming pool, part of which can be seen through the glass flooring.

Story by Public Relations

Picture: An artist's impression of the Student Hub.