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

    Works continue to revitalise the Brutalist-style building which will see a number of lost architectural elements reinstated, including cross-building pathways via the network of balconies.

    Previously hidden spaces are being updated to let in the light via new windows, old partitions being removed, new paint finishes, carpets and lighting. More rooms will be available for booking by students groups and events, reinstating some of the previous purpose of Union House. 

      Overview of the proposed redevelopment

      The proposed redevelopment will align with the Union House Masterplan, creating five distinct zones.
      Overview of Union House proposed development
      Project Program
      Union House redevelopment Project Program indicative timeline

      **indicative timeframe only

      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.

      AUU Sport has been relocated from the George Murray building to the ground floor of Lady Symon.

      The Mature Students Lounge, Fix Lounge and the computer suite has moved temporarily to the ground floor of the Hartley building.

      The ground level computer suite was demolished to create an undercover plaza which can be used for events. Opening up this area also means the lifts in Union House (which are an important access route for anyone with mobility issues) are easier to find and navigate. Work was completed in February 2023.

      The current phase of the project includes:

      • 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.

      Construction is scheduled for completion by mid 2023.


      Vicki Jacobs, Senior Space Planner.