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Your new Student's Union is open

Come and enjoy your new space

Your new Students' Union building is open.

As well as housing The Union Bar and Shop, the new building has a café and a large event space.

There are social seating areas, lots of bookable meeting rooms and dedicated, quiet study areas with some new specialist facilities such as the media suite and a studio.

The Advice Centre has a brand new home on the second floor and you’ll find the Opportunities office – for volunteering, societies and sport – on the first floor.

The new space is the ideal place to socialise, study, work, eat and relax.

More information about our services can be found on our website

2010

Photo: Model of Manchester Metropolitan Students' Union proposed

Planning
& preparation

2010

The Union’s £2m wish campaign: we ask, and you tell us, what you want from your union building

2010

The Union submits a business case to MMU for the re-development of our Oxford Road building

2011

The university recognises the need to improve our building and commits to invest £2m

2011

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, the architects behind the new state-of-the-art Business School and Student Hub, appointed to carry out a feasibility study for the refurbishment

June 2012

The feasibility study finds the cost of refurbishing the Oxford Road building prohibitive, putting the project in doubt

July 2012

The Salutation car park is identified as a good location for the union, the university decides to invest in a purpose-built £10m building on that site

2013

Site plan: Site of Manchester Metropolitan Students' Union proposed

Your
ideas

September 2012 to January 2013

The architects use your comments, thoughts and ideas from the £2m wish campaign as inspiration to design the new building

March 2013

Planning permission granted

May-June 2013

Exploratory archaeological dig takes place on-site

June 2013

Contractors appointed

July 2013

Diggers break ground to lay the foundations

2014

Photo: Manchester Metropolitan Students' Union hiding behind a tree

Building
for the future

July 2013 to September 2014

Thirteen months for the build, from foundations to finishing touches. There will be plenty of opportunities to get involved in the interior design of your new spaces

October 2014

Welcome to the future: your new state-of-the-art union building open and ready to explore

Our current home at 99 Oxford Road was purpose built in 1982. Designed around the needs of students of that era, with a big club and bar space hidden away on the second floor, by 2010 it was no longer fit for purpose.

Students’ lives have moved on and you need spaces and facilities that meet your changing needs. With this in mind, we launched the £2m wish campaign to find out exactly how the union building could enhance your time at university.

What you told us reinforced our vision for the union’s future. To create a space truly fit for purpose and future-proof, that helps you connect with others, be it on an educational, social or professional level.

The refurbishment of 99 Oxford Road was quickly ruled out as financially unfeasible. Instead, the case for a vibrant, modern union that meets the needs of all students was strong enough to convince the university to invest in a new purpose built £10m home for students.

You can use this site to explore and comment on the new spaces, services and facilities that will be available from October 2014.

How to find us

Current address

99 Oxford Road Manchester M1 7EL

Our new address

The Union 21 Higher Cambridge Street Manchester M15 6AD

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