Re-install a lift in the Annex building

Emma Frazzitta submitted on

Thursday 13th September 2018


The Union has worked really hard to make campus accessible to all people but this is is not extended to the Annex. Within the Annex there is a chute where an old lift used to be so there wouldn't a problem to install one. As I'm on the committee for a performing arts society, I think that installing a lift would open performing to disabled students, that currently cannot even access the stage. I'm aware that it would be an expense, but for the interest of accessibility would be invaluable for those who currently are not able to perform.  


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Students' Union replied on

Thursday 27th Feb 2020 12:31pm

Hi Emma,


I have some hopefully very good news for everyone! The proposal for a lift in the Annex has now been approved and funded by the Estates Board at the University. It was only given the green light a few days ago so the timeline isn't set in sone yet, but the idea is that it can be done over the summer ready to be used for the new academic year. I realise this does mean nearly a whole semester without it, but it is really great that this issue will be greatly reduced in future. If you do have any issues in the mean time please get in contact.



Fiona Sunderland, VP Activities 2019-20 ( 

Students' Union replied on

Friday 12th Jul 2019 3:39pm

Hi there,

I'm taking over the YMC from Evie. I really agree that allowing accesibility of the Annex is of the upmost importance. In Evie's last email with faculty projects we have been told that they have "a design that would enable the provision of a platform lift in the corridor between the two lecture theatres in the annex. This would provide wheelchair access to the stage area whilst also incorporating a staircase to one side of a new platform lift which enables the route to continue to be used as a fire exit in the event of an emergency.". This looks like a step in the right direction and I will keep you updated about any further progress.

Many thanks,

Fiona Sunderland (VP Activities)

Students' Union replied on

Friday 12th Oct 2018 10:57am

Hi Emma, 

Thank you for your submission, I absolutely agree that we should work to make performance spaces as accessible as possible, especially somewhere like the Annex which is so heavily used by societies. Whilst not a Union owned space, I'm beginning talks with relevant University staff members to see what we can do, and I'll update when I have more of an answer for you.

Many thanks,  

Evie Reilly (VP Democracy and Creative Industries)


  • Forwarded to Vice President Activities

    Friday 14th Sep 2018 3:52pm


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