The 330-bedroom Motel One hotel will be 14-storeys high fronting London Road, and seven storeys on the Whitworth Street side. The ground floor of the 105,000 sq ft scheme will include hotel reception, restaurant and bar. The 20-month build programme, to BREEAM Very Good standard, should see the hotel open in the summer of 2015.
Designed by Manchester architect Hodder & Partners, the façade will comprise large floor-to-ceiling glazed panels for each bedroom, and the exterior will be finished in a stone coloured smoothed concrete.
Manchester-based contractor Russells is currently preparing the site and completing the demolition of the existing buildings prior to construction. Techniques developed by the company for a nearby hotel on Dale Street will again be used to increase the speed of construction and improve logistics on the constrained site, which is bound by two main roads. Engineer Capita Symonds and mechanical and electrical contractor Vitel have also been appointed to the scheme.
Russells director Gareth Russell said: “The Manchester Motel One will be our largest hotel scheme to date and follows the successful delivery of a number of developments across the country. We’ve established a reputation not only for delivery of hotel schemes, but also as experts in dealing with tight sites in constrained city centre locations. Our major projects team has developed a methodology and a number of supplier partnerships which create genuine cost and programme savings for our clients.”