Capital & Centric secures Leonardo hotel at Adair Street

The developer has unveiled designs for a 275-bedroom hotel, designed by Stephenson Studio and pre-sold to Fattal Hotel Group, on a plot near Manchester Piccadilly station.

The acquisition of what will be a 110,000 sq ft hotel is Fattal Group’s second recent deal in Manchester following its purchase of the Midland Hotel in October.

Capital & Centric bought the plot on the corner of Adair Street and Great Ancoats Street earlier this year from a private vendor for around £2m. The site is near the developer’s Crusader Mill residential scheme, and its London Warehouse, a multi-million pound refurbishment of the former Place aparthotel, delivered in partnership with Native. Forming part of the East Village strategic regeneration zone, there is long-term plans for more commercial space, homes and leisure to be built in the surrounding area.

The Leonardo hotel is due to open by 2021. Capital & Centric is currently preparing a planning application to go before Manchester City Council, and is hosting a public consultation on the scheme at the Crusader Mill loft shop on 9 January, from 12pm to 7pm.

The Adair Street hotel is part of the Fattal Group’s continued expansion in the UK, which is managed though Jurys Inn and Leonardo Hotels, which currently operates 45 hotels; 36 under the Jurys Inn brand and nine hotels under the Leonardo brand.

CBRE Hotels advised Capital & Centric.

Adam Higgins, co-founder of Capital & Centric, said: “Once a forgotten part of the city, this area is really starting to happen. We’re already on site creating a community of owner occupiers at Crusader Mill and it’s pretty exciting to be bringing forward more development in this part of the city.

“Our plans for Adair Street will not only bring a brilliant new hotel operator to the city, but they’ll help contribute to the vibrancy of this whole area –  a missing link between Piccadilly Station and the east side of New Islington. The new bar and restaurant leading out onto the garden means people will be able to hang out there as well as use it as a base when working or exploring the city.

“Our vision was to deliver something interesting and quirky, that people want to explore. We want this to set the standard and for other developers to be creative and come up with designs that excite people and draw in visitors.”

Jason Carruthers, managing director of Leonardo and Jurys Inn Hotels, UK and Ireland, said: “We are delighted to have secured this prime new location as we continue to increase our offering in the UK. The opportunity to expand into a vibrant and growing city like Manchester is a great one, and this move serves to strengthen our portfolio and network enormously. We look forward to beginning works as soon as possible, and to welcoming our first guests to the hotel.”

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Wow, finally some quality architecture. Shame it’s not in a more central location though. Would have been ideal for Portland Street

By Steve

This is ace! More like this across the city centre please.

By Tom

Slightly top heavy, I would have the green balconies all the way up or at least put the fat bit on the bottom.
I like it though.

By Thumbs Up

I really like the design of this one.

By Liver Lad

What a great design! Good to see buildings like this being built in Manchester. Can we see more like this in Liverpool please!

By Anonymous

Hard to tell from one angle, but this looks like at last a decent bit of architecture in the city.

MCFC’s international match-day visitors will be pleased too!

By MancLad

Wow something half decent in Manchester – looks great digitally but worried about real thing?????

By Don

Funny how they’ve failed to mention that this is in the notorious Ancoats.


Very distinctive! It lives or dies on the materials/build quality.

@PDM Ancoats notorious for what exactly?! Great cafes, restaurants, and bakeries?

By Alex B.

PDM – also known as Allrise. Stop being such a scaredycat troll

By Anonymous

But the fact that this is in a challenging location makes it all the more impressive. Strictly speaking whilst it adjoins Ancoats, it is specifically in the emerging area known as ‘East Village’ which is currently just an industrial estate as far as I can tell!

By Paul Smithson

Someone else living in the 80’s. Suppose you haven’t been to Ancoats recently PDM?

By Anonymous

Not quite the vertical forest towers in Milan but still looks great, let’s hope it sets a benchmark for quality in the city.

By Lenny1968

Striking design, let’s hope the inside is as much fun as outside

By Graham

Greater Manchester fire brigade standing by?

By San

Let’s put in some bakeries aimed at Southern students, that’ll make the social problems go away.


Looks fantastic. This whole area is changing for the better as Capital Centric’s Crusader Mill conversion plans look similarly ambitious. Same architect? If they can get a bit of ‘Cutting Room Square’ type activity there in due course this hotel will be a real addition to that part of the city which at the moment has a number of undesirable activities taking place. I too wish we had this sort of ambition coming to Liverpool.

By Derek

Very snazzy

By Cyril

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