Union House

Rejuvenation of the heritage-listed and culturally significant Union House, will enable it to act as a modern and unique venue for events, meetings, hospitality, clubs and a range of University services. 

Render of Union House looking at the building from across the Barr Smith Lawns

Upcoming works will continue the revitalisation of the Brutalist-style building, and see a number of lost architectural elements reinstated, including cross-building pathways via the network of balconies.

It will also unlock previously hidden spaces which will be updated to let in the light with new windows, old partitions removed, new paint finishes, carpets and lighting. More rooms will be opened up for bookings by students groups and events, reinstating some of the previous purpose of Union House. 

The current computer suite will be demolished to create an undercover plaza which can be used for events. It will also make the lifts in Union House (which are an important access route for anyone with mobility issues) more easy to find and navigate.

Project details

Stage one of the project, which involved the relocation of the UniBar and refresh of the Cloisters, was completed in February 2019. Read more about the UniBar and Cloisters project.

The stage two upgrade to the Lady Symon building, which saw the addition of a beautiful new exercise studio, high quality change facilities and E-Sport studio, was completed in mid-2021. Read more about the Lady Symon project.

Artist impression of the George Murray facade looking onto The Cloisters

Artist impression of the George Murray facade looking onto The Cloisters.

The next phase of the project will include:

  • the relocation of AUU Sport from the George Murray building to the Western Annexe
  • creation of a large, open plan bookable space
  • refurbishment of the George Murray eastern façade with towering windows and thoroughfares through to the Barr Smith Lawns
  • refresh of function spaces on level 4 of Union House.


Vicki Jacobs, Senior Space Planner.