Flagship UCL Institute of Education Bar closed during freshers – hopes to reopen next week

UCL’s Institute Bar has been closed for the last three weeks due to a water leak. The flagship bar, located at UCL’s Institute of Education (IoE), has only been open since January this year.

Students were unaware about the date the bar would be reopening as this information hadn’t been widely publicised. Felipe Acuna, a regular visitor to the Institute Bar, said, “It has been closed” for a while and “it would be nice to know when the Union is thinking to re-open it.”

Several contractors were on-site this week, working to fix the waterproofing of the bar and conducting general maintenance. One told London Student they were due to finish the work today.

“If you want to go for a swim, that’s where you should go.”

IoE barista Franco Bocci
Signs at the IoE said the bar hopes to reopen on 7 October, the week after freshers’ week.

Franco Boccia, a barista working at the IoE cafe said, “The Institute Bar is closed because of the rain. If you want to go for a swim, that’s where you should go.”

The Democracy, Operations and Communications officer at UCL’s Student’s Union, Carol Paige, said:

“Heavy and sustained rain during the week of 16 September caused the roof to leak. Unfortunately some electrical equipment was damaged and we’ve been working hard on a permanent fix. We should be open again next week. We look forward to welcoming our regulars – as well as freshers – into the space.”

Signs placed at the door state that the bar will be closed “until further notice”. But they “hope to re-open by next week (commencing 7th October).”

According to UCL, “the Institute Bar was created under phase one of the IoE Masterplan project which is due to fully completed” by the end of 2019.

UCL Estates have been contacted for a comment. 

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