Welcome to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Manchester streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look now.
This week it’s the turn of the Students’ Union building in Oxford Road, a place remembered by thousands who’ve studied at the University of Manchester.
Our first picture dates from October 1957 when the building was barely a year old. Along with the neighbouring Moberly Tower and Refectory, the Students’ Union building was designed by J.S. Beaumont and constructed between 1953 and 1956.
It is also known as the Steve Biko building in honour of the South African anti-apartheid campaigner who died in September 1977.
There are two Students’ Union buildings in the city following the merger of the University of Manchester and UMIST in 2004. The second is the Barnes Wallis building on the former UMIST Sackville campus.
The Oxford Road building underwent major redevelopment in 2012, resulting in a refurbished foyer and meeting rooms and the introduction of a new café, store and sandwich shop. There is also a hairdressers and print shop.
The trees have grown a fair amount too in the 60 years since our two photos were taken!
If you have any special memories of the Students’ Union building, we’d love to hear them. Just contact the M.E.N. or leave a comment on the iNostalgia Facebook pages.