The Pleasance redevelopment is an exciting development and represents a significant investment in the enhancement of facilities for student society and volunteering groups at the University of Edinburgh. Over the course of two years the buildings in the complex, which are mostly Category B Listed, are being restored and developed.
Phase 1 (September 2015 – July 2016) saw the Pleasance Quaker Studio renovated, creating large performance and rehearsal space, along with the Pleasance West building, which houses the Activities Hub, rehearsal/ performance and event space, craft room, radio and AV studio, meeting rooms and offices. Pleasance Salisbury was also renovated and offers flexible spaces for rehearsal/ performances, meetings and events. Pleasance Quaker Studio, Pleasance West and Pleasance Salisbury are now available for use! The Activities Hub in Pleasance West is open Mon-Fri 9.30am - 5pm.
Phase 2 (September 2016 – July 2017) will see three restored multi-purpose event spaces in Pleasance North which will be available for students, along with the Pleasance Theatre - a 300 seat venue - and its Cabaret space and bar, from Welcome Week of the 2017/18 Academic Year.
We are aware that the developments will affect the societies and volunteering groups that use Pleasance rooms for events and meetings throughout the year and we will be on hand to help find alternative venues and give advice. There are also a number of available sources of funding available to societies, which can be used to support you at this time. We are making arrangements to ensure societies affected by phase 2 can be supported with decant and storage arrangements. Please do get in touch with Jess Husbands, Vice President Societies and Activities, to chat about how this will affect your society.
For more information on the project visit the University of Edinburgh current projects page.