Room Piccadilly North Star Countrylarge p.Royal Pilgrim

The site is located next to the vacant Union Building. Credit: via Royal Pilgrim

Fresh plans worked up for Piccadilly hotel site 

Yorkshire-based developers North Star and Countrylarge have acquired a prominent plot near Manchester’s main train station from Japanese hotel group Toyoko. 

The joint venture is now working up fresh proposals for the site, located off Piccadilly and Gore Street, next to the Waldorf pub. 

“It’s an unrivalled location in an unrivalled city,” said Timothy Smith, director of Countrylarge. 

“Our partnership with North Star will see us helping Room2 to expand across the UK in major cities, and we expect this is the first of many projects.” 

North Star and Countrylarge’s hotel will be operated by Room2, part of Lamington Group. 

Elsewhere in the North West, Room2 is lined up to operate a 190-bedroom hotel in Liverpool city centre that is being developed by Iliad Group. 

In 2019, Manchester City Council granted Toyoko consent to create a 23-storey tower with 354 bedrooms on the Piccadilly site. The developer also planned to refurbish the neighbouring Union Building.  

Plans for a hotel on the plot go back as far as 2013, when proposals for a Yotel-operated building were put forward. However, this scheme did not progress. 

Both the Toyoko and Yotel developments were designed by Stephenson Studio. It has not yet been confirmed if the project team, which also included Avison Young as planning consultant, will be retained going forward. 

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Abysmal design for such a prominent spot Awful

By Loganberry

Its the same hotel design plans with a different operator

By Anonymous

Development most certainly welcome, but uninspiring. That area of Manchester in particular needs to have greater quality control when it comes to design.

By Tom

Definitely not the right design for the area. It’s surrounded by some fantastic buildings as well.

By Anonymous

terrible design

By Johnny

Another ugly tower block, just what Manchester needs!!

By Anonymous

This scheme seems to get reworked every couple of years……


Is there anywhere in this city where you’re not allowed to whack up a 23 storey tower?! This is taller than even the (quite poor) existing tall buildings in the immediate vicinity.

By Anonymous

Just get it built, if it includes the refurb of the old Manchester bank then go for it. It’s been a blot in Piccadilly for years. Even if it blocks the sun for 30 mins , I can live with it.

By 3D bloke

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