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SimpsonHaugh designed the building. Credit: via planning documents

Consortium firms up plans for 20-storey Manchester hotel 

Dean Street Developments, Definition Capital, and Assured CMS have tabled proposals for a 154-bedroom venue off Great Ancoats Street in a growing area of the city centre. 

The 20-storey Manchester hotel will be operated under Hilton’s Motto brand. 

The Great Ancoats Street scheme would be the first Motto hotel in the UK. Others can be found in New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Rotterdam.  

consultation on the proposals was held in November. 

SimpsonHaugh is the architect and Deloitte is the planning consultant. 

The submission of plans for the 20-storey building fronting Great Ancoats Street comes in the same week that Manchester City Council firmed up its intentions for two strategic sites nearby. 

The Government Property Agency has expressed an interest in creating a civil service hub on the 10.5-acre Central Retail Park site, prompting Manchester to update its SRF for the plot. 

A vision for East Village Central, located immediately next to the site of the proposed hotel, has also been unveiled. The city council wants to see a high-density, office-led, mixed-use development on the site of the Stocktons furniture showroom and the former Presbar foundry. 

To learn more about the plans search for application reference 135662/FO/2022 on Manchester City Council’s planning portal.

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Hopefully it’ll hide Oldham Civic Centre, pictured on the render behind it.

By AliAhmed

A wider point, it’s also worth noting that Manchester are bringing in a “Visitor Tax” of £1 per night for stays in hotels within the Inner Ring Road, forecast to raise £4 million in its first year.


The- quality of architecture proposed along Great Ancoats Street is shocking for such an arterial route into the city


Really disappointing that this doesn’t seem to even seek to address our NZC commitments – which include all new buildings by 2028 being NZC!

We can’t afford this lack of engagement in addressing the climate emergency!

By Friend of the planet

Agree with MEH. Just a group of poorly designed nothingness.

By Elephant

While there are plenty of great schemes going through, Great Ancoats Street seems to get an awful lot of turkeys!

By Tom

That’s pretty poor looking. Just a giant block, where’s the coherence and drive for integration and placemaking never mind trying produce good architecture.

By Anon

Lack of balconies. Vote it down!

By Balcony warrior

@Balcony warrior, this is a hotel. Please tell me of the need for a hotel room in central Manchester to have a balcony?

By Balcony buffoons

Balcony warrior is of course taking the Michael but usefully highlights the lack of this basic amenity on most of the new build apartment blocks built in the city in recent times… and all because someone in MCC’s planning department doesn’t like the look of them.

By Balcony watch

Balcony Buffoons, I think it’s just an automatic reaction now. The town hall refurb should have included balconies too apparently. Tiresome and repetitive it’s just become a meme and should now be put to rest by PNW.

By Anonymous

Wow what a wonderful proposal and great efforts to make Manchester great thanks City Council for making Great Ancoats Street iconic 😀

By Jayden

A Moito hotel is opening in Glasgow next year – already under construction

By Old Hack

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