Date of release: Friday, October 28, 2016

Student Hub Medway - new contractorThe £5 million Student Hub at Medway has taken a big step forward with the appointment of leading construction company Kier Group to complete the project.

A state-of-the-art student centre, the Hub will provide entertainment and social space for all students at the shared Medway Campus at Chatham Maritime. The universities of Greenwich and Kent are working in partnership to transform a listed building, once the site of a swimming pool and skittles alley, and place it at the heart of the Medway student experience.

Employing more than 20,000 people, Kier has many years of experience working both in the south-east and the higher education sector. The company has confirmed its intention to complete the work before Christmas, so that the building can open for business at the start of the new year.

A full range of services remains on offer to all students this term, with GK Unions offering a full programme of exciting events in Coopers bar, and elsewhere at the Medway Campus.

The new Student Hub will feature 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 will be quiet spaces 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 is being added to make the Hub welcoming by day and atmospheric by night.

Students have helped shape the way the building looks, even choosing the name of the new bar The Deep End – referring to the building's former use as a swimming pool.

Dozens of students will also find part-time jobs in the Hub's offices, café/bar and kitchen.
GK Unions has over 6,000 members and provides essential services to students from Greenwich and Kent universities on the Medway campus.

Story by Public Relations

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