The Union’s new building, at the heart of the Manchester campus, is now set to open in early 2015.
There have been a series of delays to the project, but the building is now almost ready.
Over the next few weeks, The Union and the University will be working closely with the contractors to ensure the building is finished to the highest possible standard.
Mike Palmer, The Union’s President, explained: “I’d like to assure you that we’re working really hard to get it ready and open as soon as possible. It’s such a fantastic space and we can’t wait for you to be able to use it.”
We will announce the opening date as soon as it has been confirmed.
Once open, our new £10 million building has so much to offer, including spaces to socialise, study, work, eat and relax. There’s a bar, shop, café and event space with lots of social seating areas, plenty of free bookable meeting rooms and dedicated, quiet study space.
The current Students’ Union (99 Oxford Road) continues to be open for business as usual. This is where you will find all of our services, including the Advice Centre, Opportunities and the Bar and Shop. To find out our current opening times please click here
For more information about our services please visit theunionmmu.org
The Union’s £2m wish campaign: we ask, and you tell us, what you want from your union building
The Union submits a business case to MMU for the re-development of our Oxford Road building
The university recognises the need to improve our building and commits to invest £2m
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
The feasibility study finds the cost of refurbishing the Oxford Road building prohibitive, putting the project in doubt
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
The architects use your comments, thoughts and ideas from the £2m wish campaign as inspiration to design the new building
Planning permission granted
Exploratory archaeological dig takes place on-site
Diggers break ground to lay the foundations
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
Welcome to the future: your new state-of-the-art union building open and ready to explore
Serving great value food and drink all day and night, plus entertainment, music and sport
Roughly the size of two tennis courts, a versatile space that can be dressed to suit any occasion – gigs, events, exhibitions, film screenings, sport...
Central welcome and information point
Fresh food and hot drinks to eat in or takeaway
All the essentials: stationery, art materials, drinks, snacks and more
Low cost, sustainable bike hire and repair
Multifunctional conference and event space
Controls audio-visual, sound and lighting throughout the building
Representation and campaigning: here to listen to your ideas, thoughts and opinions and to help you implement them
Overlooking central hall
One stop shop for volunteering, sport, societies and halls committees
Conveniently located on the first floor
Somewhere to retreat to, relax, reflect and study between lectures – with PC access
Free, flexible and bookable spaces
Mirrored wall and dance bar, wooden floor and green screen – great for dance, martial arts and filming
Sound proofed section for radio, media production and editing space, and controls linked to DJ booth and screens around the building
Dispensing food and drink out-of-hours and out-of-term time
Free, independent and impartial advice
Free, flexible and bookable spaces
Staff room and open plan office