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Stage 1 Union House redevelopment - Memorial Cloisters

The historic Cloisters and Union House precinct has been transformed to enable a flexible, social space for students, staff and the general public to enjoy.

A contemporary bar, eatery and live music venue in the Mayo Cafe was completed in time for the 2019 Adelaide Fringe and operated by the RCC Fringe. The RCC managed the bar and food offering for the duration of the Fringe, and the new operator (General Admission Entertainment) took over the new UniBar from March 25, 2019 with a full suite of food, drinks and a diverse live music schedule.

The Cloisters has been redeveloped with landscaping extended to the Barr Smith Lawns, creating unique spaces for socialising and enjoying cultural events and activities. These spaces will be able to be booked by students and staff from March.

There will be some access restrictions in the area while paving is sealed and new bitumen is laid, but as of the start of Semester 1, it will be access all areas.

Project overview

Works included:

    • Creation of a versatile and multi-dimensional new bar, café and entertainment venue within level 2 of Union House
    • Redevelopment and revitalisation of the Memorial Cloisters and area between the Lady Symon and George Murray buildings
    • New landscaping to the east of Union House, up to the boundary of the Barr Smith Lawns
    • Creation of an exercise studio and student bookable space in the former Uni-Books room
    • Co-location of key student services
    • Installation of a grease arrestor behind Union House

Project documents

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The Cloisters were built to serve as a memorial to the 470 members of The University of Adelaide who served overseas in World War I, 64 of whom lost their lives during the War.

The Cloisters were completed in 1929 approximately the same time as the Lady Symon Building, Refectory and Cafeteria, with the George Murray Building completed nearly ten years later in 1938.



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