Plans to build a distinctive 275-bed hotel near Manchester Piccadilly Station could go forward next week as the application is considered to be capable of improving the overall quality of the area and establishing a “sense of place”.
The venue would cover 110,000 sq ft across 13 storeys on the corner of Adair Street and Great Ancoats Street. The Fattal Hotel Group would operate it under the Leonardo Hotel brand, with an opening lined up for 2021.
It has been designed to feature a striking design, with greenery adorning the exterior of the building. It would also include extensive public areas, with a restaurant and bar spilling out onto a new public square.
The deal is part of CAPITAL&CENTRIC’s wider vision to transform the growth area around Piccadilly Station. The regeneration specialist is already on site at the nearby Crusader Mill, which is being restored into apartments reserved solely for owner occupiers.
The company has stated that the scheme would help revitalise the area and support up to 100 jobs once operational.
“The hotel will also lead to important wider regeneration benefits for Manchester,” it added.
A report to Manchester City Council’s planning committee – which is due to meet on 19 September 2019 – said: “The proposal would improve the overall quality of an area, establish a sense of place, promote a high level of sustainability, is visually attractive as a result of good architecture, would raise the standard of design in the area and would optimise the use of the site.
“The proposals would be consistent with a number of the GM Strategy’s key growth priorities, deliver a high quality building and regenerate a site which is principally characterised by a poor quality environment.”
Approval has been recommended.
When the plans were submitted, CAPITAL&CENTRIC co-founder Adam Higgins said: “We’ve had an amazing response to the plans – everyone’s loved the eye-catching and bold design.
“The big take away was that people are crying out for this part of the city to be regenerated. Everyone we spoke to can’t believe it’s been left forgotten for years. Sat right next to Piccadilly the potential round here is huge.
“This is just the start for us. We’ve big plans for more apartments, offices, hotels and café-bars.”