West Courtyard Refurbishment

Added Tuesday 4th April 2017

We are looking for feedback on the plans for the West Court Yard Refurbishment from the University College community.

The refurbishment will include the following:

  • Opening up the Courtyard behind the current toastie bar, including seating;
  • Moving and increasing the size of toastie bar to include a professional coffee machine;
  • Roof lights to allow for more light into the area; Painting and decorating.

The West Courtyard renovation has been in planning for a number of years. The current plan involves moving the Toastie Bar to the other side of the room and creating a seating area in the outside area behind the current location of the Toastie Bar (see Courtyard Panorama).

The new Toastie Bar will be made larger and more open: with a £7000 manually-operated coffee machine installed to serve drinks during the day, with scope for a greater variety of snacks and drinks too. The new Toastie Bar will also be used more to serve drinks during events.

The courtyard itself will become more of a café space, but some of the current facilities (pool table, table football and vending machines) will remain.

There are currently three proposed designs for the renovation outlined below:


Proposed Layout Option 1 (last modified: 3 March 2017)

Proposed Layout Option 2 (last modified: 3 March 2017)

Proposed Layout Option 3 (last modified: 3 March 2017)


We are fundraising towards this project and would appreciate any level of donation. Please follow the link to contribute to this project.






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