It has been announced that Vanbrugh’s bar will be refurbished by Commercial Services in time for the next academic year.
Kallum Taylor, Vanbrugh JCRC Chair, stated that he was “absolutely delighted” that the bar will be improved by August 2012.
Despite being informed last year that the cost of the scheme was £135,753+ VAT and not in the University’s capital budget for the 2011/12 academic year; Taylor stated that Vanbrugh’s JCRC continued to push for the project, “despite the nay-sayers who wrote it off as a mere vote-winner and poster point.”
Throughout the year students from across campus were able to express their grievances and make suggestions via the JCRC’s Facebook group that was dedicated to the cause.
Taylor commented that the refurnished V-Bar will finally be the, “comfortable, atmospheric and quality campus bar that it should be.”
Pancée Shoukry, an electronics student, stated that she felt the current bar “doesn’t truly reflect the Vanbrugh spirit”.
While Jordan Gillies, a first-year student living in Vanbrugh, welcomed the refurbishment and expressed his concerns that V- bar currently is, “more of a school canteen with a bar stuck onto it than some where that can compete with bars in the centre of York to draw students in for pre-drinks.”
The design of the new bar has yet to be decided upon, and students have been urged to come forward with suggestions.
The JCRC is “particularly interested in speaking to the bar’s more frequently visiting societies” and receiving their input.
A new entrance both inside and outside the bar, more comfortable seating, a functioning heating system and a performance-friendly platform for open-mic nights are all high on the agenda.
Taylor added his appreciation and thanks to Commercial Services for their, “openness and co-operation with the student body” over this issue and the recent move to reduce the price of drinks.
Commercial Services told Nouse at the beginning of October that the refurbishment was the next priority if funds became available.