Lamington presses ahead with 32-storey Manchester hotel
The 251-bedroom hotel, billed by the developer as the UK’s first net zero tower, would be built next to the long-vacant grade two-listed Union Bank Building.
Lamington Group has submitted a planning application for the 32-storey tower having revealed its plans for the site in spring.
The scheme, which has a GDV of £90m, is aiming to be “the country’s first net zero tower”, according to the developer.
The hotel’s operator Room2 – part of Lamington Group – has previous when it comes to sustainable hotels. Its Chiswick venue is billed as the “world’s first fully whole life net zero hotel”, according to a planning statement by Avison Young.
The team behind the Manchester project is aiming for an embodied carbon level of less than 500kgCO2e/m2.
As well as the tower, which features an angled glass canopy roof, the adjoining grade two-listed Union Bank Building will be converted into hotel rooms.
Designed by Bennetts Associates, the development, located at 12-16 Piccadilly, will also feature several publicly accessible spaces.
These include a 130-cover rooftop restaurant and a net zero lifestyle museum aimed at providing information on environmental issues and impacts.
Avison Young is advising Lamington Group on planning. Planit, Waterman, and Price & Myers make up the project team.
To learn more about the scheme, search for reference number 137794/FO/2023 on Manchester City Council’s planning portal.
Lamington acquired the site last September after several failed attempts to redevelop it.
The plot has an extant planning permission for 22-storey tower proposed by Japanese hotel group Toyoko, from whom Lamington bought the plot.
Lamington is a family-owned developer based in London.