Airport City expands plans for £180m hotel district

Holiday Inn and Ibis Budget have been confirmed as operators for two seven-storey buildings at Airport City’s £180m hotel district as main contractor Beijing Construction Engineering Group International prepares to start work early next year.

The two hotels adjacent to Terminal 2 are worth a combined £80m and are being brought forward by Manchester Airport Group, BCEGI and the Greater Manchester Pension Fund for hotel consortium P1 Hotels after a £30m investment by MAG, BCEGI and the fund.

The largest will be the Holiday Inn at 280 rooms over six floors, and the building will also include a roof terrace overlooking the airport’s airfield, as well as a restaurant on the ground floor.

Ibis Budget’s hotel includes 262 rooms over seven floors.

A planning application for both buildings has now been submitted and construction is due to start in early 2019, with completion scheduled for the first quarter of 2021. The development is expected to create around 250 jobs.

The two hotels form part of the Airport’s wider £180m hotel district. Plans for a £100m development of two further hotels opposite the Airport’s train station were submitted late last year and approved in February.

Designed by Leach Rhodes Walker and brought forward by developer Versant Hotels, the proposals are for two nine-storey blocks housing hotels of 375 beds and 245 beds.

The former is due to be operated by Hilton Garden Inn, while the latter will be branded as a Hampton By Hilton.

Once complete, the £180m hotel district will provide 1,171 new hotel rooms by 2021 and create around 500 jobs.

Airport City Hotels 2

Plans for two hotels opposite the airport’s train station were approved in February

Dongwen Yu, lead director at Beijing Construction Engineering Group International and Airport City Joint Venture Partner, said: “Hotels are a key component on Airport City and the development and construction of this new district will provide valuable employment opportunities for the local area while supporting the continued expansion of Manchester Airport.”

Lynda Shillaw, chief executive of MAG Property added: “Increasing the number of hotels at the airport is underpinned by the significant growth that we have seen in both passenger numbers and airlines over the last five years.

“The development is being brought forward alongside the £1bn investment in Terminal 2 and the airport being made by MAG at the start of a period of significant development at Airport City.”

The professional team includes ICA as architect; Faithful & Gould as project manager; Meinhardt as structural, services and sustainability engineer; NBM as cost consultant; Rusupo as Project Manager / Client’s Representative; Manchester Airports Group as planner; and Aecom as highways engineer.

CBRE and JLL are the retained lettings and sales agents for Airport City.

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