Meininger set for Manchester approval

The hotel operator is set to secure consent to build its first hotel in Manchester, a 12-storey, 212-bed development on Great Ancoats Street.

Working with developer S Harrison and architect 3DReid, Meininger’s hotel includes a mix of rooms including private rooms and dormitories and will provide 785 beds in total. The developer and the operator revealed initial proposals for the scheme in June this year, and submitted an application in August, advised by consultant Turley.

Along with a mix of rooms there will also be a reception, lobby, lounge, breakfast room, and bar, as well as guest kitchens and a games room.

The proposed site of the hotel is currently used as a surface car park and sits between the Ibis Budget Hotel, the 20,000 sq ft Fabrica office, and X1’s The Plaza.

As well as being Meininger’s first hotel in the North, it will also be York-based S Harrison’s first project in Manchester. The developer has delivered a number of hotels across the UK including a 127-bedroom Travelodge in Lincoln and a 46-bedroom Hotel du Vin in Stratford.

Manchester City Council’s planning committee is set to approve the scheme at a meeting next week, with the hotel set to open in 2022 subject to approval, marking Meininger’s first foray into the city as part of a wider UK expansion.

Earlier this year Place North West also revealed Meininger would be looking  to open its debut hotel in Liverpool; this will be a three-star, 90-bedroom hotel at 1 Union Court on Cook Street in the city centre, where an existing office building will be converted into hotel rooms. There will also be a rooftop extension to accommodate additional rooms.

Meininger has 26 hotels across Europe; it opened its first hotel in London’s Hyde Park in 2006, and is also planning to expand into the United States with a hotel in Washington DC.

Other UK sites are also identified by the operator including Belfast, Cambridge, Glasgow, and Edinburgh.

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