Planning permission has been granted by Manchester City Council for the eight-storey hotel to be built on the derelict employment exchange in Piccadilly, between Aytoun Street and the Rochdale Canal, next to the Malmaison Hotel and opposite the Hilton DoubleTree.
The site is one of the city council’s longest-standing priority sites still remaining to be developed.
The 165,000 sq ft scheme has been designed by Urban Innovations.
McAleer & Rushe construction director Martin Magee said: “This site was vacant for nearly 20 years and was in desperate need of regeneration. Work will begin on-site imminently as there already has been a lot of detailed early-stage design input which will ensure best practice and best value construction, which leads to optimum efficiency in operation thereafter.”
Hotels form a significant part of McAleer & Rushe’s workload. It is also building a pair of Hilton hotels in Bournemouth on the south coast for developer That Group. It began a £50m design & build contract last autumn and completion is set for summer 2015. Additionally, it is just completing a £19m contract to build the first Hampton by Hilton in central London and an £11m contract to convert a former office building to a Hampton by Hilton London at Longbridge House at Gatwick Airport.