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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 9, No. 1. March 1, 1946

The New Building

The New Building

This year more will be heard of the new Students' Union Building and, it is to be hoped, more action will be taken towards its ultimate completion.

When the present gymnasium was built in 1909 by public subscription, there were 466 students taking lectures but last year the roll was about 1,400. This building is now totally inadequate and students have agreed that a new building is necessary and should contain the following features:
(a)A concourse through which most students will pass each day on their way to different parts of the College, and to contain notice boards, postal facilities, telephones, sales counter, access to cloakrooms, etc.
(b)A theatre to seat 500 in comfortable tip-up seats with sloping floor, projection booth, adaquate stage facilities. This would be available for hire to outside bodies for plays, recitals, conferences, etc.
(c)Restaurant and quick lunch bar to seat 150-200.
(d)Men's, women's and common common rooms. Sun terrace.
(e)Administrative group of offices.
(f)Large dance hall, 4,000-4,300 square feet with sound shell and sprung floor. Available for those sports which would not harm the floor, e.g., miniature rifle range.
(g)Medical scheme, committee, meeting and locker rooms and showers.

The selected site is between the tenuis courts and Salamanca Road, terrace fashion.

All this will need money, £50,000-£60,000. So far we have raised about £9,000. Each year £100 plus 4/- for each student is transferred to the building fund from the Students' Association fees.

There are the profits from the Extravaganza and from the Capping Book ("Cappicade"). This year we will need 500 students to sell "Cappicade" during the projected procession.

Design.—If you have any ideas that you would like embodied in the proposed building then write them down and forward them to the Exec.

Actual construction is governed not only by the available finance but also by building permits and, further, by the priority allotted to the building in the five-year plan prepared by the Ministry of Works.

(A fuller account of the building position is contained in the 1945 "Spike.")