Student hub re-opens after £6m upgrade

The University’s Pleasance Complex has re-opened following a £6 million renovation.

Pleasance re-opened by Patrick Kilduff and Sarah Smith
Patrick Kilduff and Sarah Smith officially re-open the Pleasance Complex (credit: Andrew Perry)

A revamped café and bar, new events spaces and improved disabled access are among upgrades made during the two-year project.

The investment has delivered a comprehensive refurbishment of the complex, which houses facilities for University societies and student groups.

Official reopening

The renovated Pleasance was officially re-opened by the University Secretary, Sarah Smith, and the President of the Edinburgh University Students’ Association, Patrick Kilduff.

They welcomed students, staff and guests to a reception in the café and bar before inviting attendees to tour the revamped complex.

This brilliant modernisation of the Pleasance is an exciting enrichment of our support for having fun and falling in love with new things as well as honing ongoing interests; it’s fantastic news for students.

Patrick KilduffPresident, Edinburgh University Students’ Association

Upgraded facilities

Among the upgraded buildings is the former Quaker Meeting House. Renamed the Pleasance Quaker Studio, it was previously used only during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It is now available year round as a rehearsal and performance space.

The Pleasance Theatre building now boasts three large performance and event spaces, and a refurbished café and bar and cabaret area.

Pleasance West contains new craft and music rooms, and a student media hub with a publications room and radio and AV studios. It also includes multi-purpose meeting spaces and a student lounge.

Pleasance Salisbury has fresh meeting and rehearsal spaces equipped with mirrors and sprung floors.

The redevelopment also involved the creation of a new entrance to the site, opening into the courtyard of the neighbouring Pleasance Sports Complex & Gym.

I'm delighted so see the completion of this major refurbishment. This is part of the University’s commitment to enhancing the Edinburgh experience, with wider investments not only in our physical estate but in areas such as health and wellbeing, increased library and study spaces, and teaching.

Sarah SmithUniversity Secretary

Related links

The Pleasance

Edinburgh University Students’ Association