Portland Redevelopment

A space about students, for students. A self-created student experience with access to all key Students’ Union and University services


Portland Update May 2019

Portland is ready to launch! And we've got a fantastic video to whet your appetite before the big launch.

Thu 30 May 2019

Portland Update April 2019

It’s been a while since we’ve been in touch about Union Refresh, but it’s been bubbling away in the background. So here’s what’s been happening.

Fri 5 March 2019

Portland Update March 2019

It’s been a while since we’ve been in touch about Union Refresh, but it’s been bubbling away in the background. So here’s what’s been happening.

Fri 22 March 2019

Portland Update December 2018

We’re now reaching the finish line of phase three with the majority of remaining work now being purely decorative.

Fri 21 December 2018

Portland Update November 2018

You’ve probably explored it already, but Portland Building’s Level C is now fully open – hurray! Along its brightly lit and gleaming interior, you’ll find the Get Involved Zone…

Fri 23 November 2018

Portland Update October 2018

Portland – there's light at the end of the corridors… It feels like it's been a long time coming, but there's been a lot happening in Portland Building over the last few weeks.

Fri 26 October 2018

Portland Update September 2018

You'll notice that some parts of Portland Building are inaccessible while your SU's makeover continues. So, what's happening? And when will everything be finished?

Fri 21 September 2018

Portland Update August 2018

If you've been in Portland Building recently, you'll have spotted the hoardings are still up on Levels B and C. It's a bit inconvenient right now, but it won't be long before everything is back up and running – in fact, your new dance studio is already finished and looking fabulous. So pull on your dancing shoes and make sure you take a twirl around it soon!

Fri 31 August 2018

Portland Update July 2018

Portland Building is really starting to look different now. The hoardings are up on Levels C and B, and demolition work has already begun with the dance studio, SU Advice and the old lecture theatre (C11) currently out of action. Don't worry though – it won't be long before everything's ready.

Tues 31 July 2018

Portland Update June 2018

Portland Building's facelift is really starting to take shape. In fact, demolition work has already started on Level C – in SU Advice and C11 (the old lecture theatre) – leaving some gaping holes and crumbling concrete as the contractors get stuck in. But don't panic – walls are already starting to go up, so it won't be long before the new SU Advice space is ready.

Fri 29 June 2018

Portland Update April 2018

Just like Doctor Who, Portland Building is regenerating. You’ve probably noticed all the changes it’s been going through (and if you haven’t, where’ve you been?), but there’s still lots to do.

Fri 30 April 2018

Portland Update October 2017

The big story of the Students' Union Refresh is of course Portland Coffee Co. We first announced it with the launch of phase 3 in March and we finally opened the doors on Monday 25 September at the start of Welcome week, finally showing off the café to everyone.

Wed 18 Oct 2017

Portland Update September 2017

As we come to the end of phase 3 of the Portland Building redevelopment it's important we take a moment to reflect on the works completed so far and what is still to come over the summer of 2017, so you know what to expect when you arrive in September, either as a new student or returning.

Thurs 21 Sept 2017

Portland Update July 2017

The Portland Building refurbishment has been ongoing now since the beginning of May and, aside from the normal issues faced by any building works and trying not to get in your way too much, is steadily progressing. You may have noticed that more and more of the building has been hidden behind boards for the next round of improvements, presenting a significant difference when moving around the building, but come September, it will all have been worth it!

Mon 17 Jul 2017

Phase 3 work started on Portland

Because Portland is such a busy building (sometimes attracting 18,000 through it a day!) there was no way of closing to do the development. Instead, the work was phased over 4 years, mainly over summer periods.

Mon 06 Mar 2017

Portland research wins Market Research Society award

As part of our total re-imagining of the Portland building and your SU space, we did a whole lot of research in partnership with research company Crowd DNA. And, that research has been recognised!

Tue 09 Dec 2014

A fever of change – The Portland Review

The Portland Review is exploring a total overhaul of Portland, ensuring our Student’s Union is at the heart of our University and is a place designed by students for students, functioning as the heart of student life.

Fri 18 Jul 2014

The Studio is live

You’ll find the Studio next to Mooch on the lowest floor of the Portland Building and we suggest grabbing a buddy, or two, a hump-day coffee and firing up your inquisitive mind for a gander.

Wed 25 Nov 2015

What's next for the Portland building redevelopment?

In 2013, following years of discussion, the Officer team wanted to show senior University staff that a good Students’ Union building would enable students to have a better time at University, and that it would benefit the campus overall. Find out what happens next.

Thu 23 Feb 2017

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