Moxy plans first Manchester hotel in Henry Boot’s Silk Works

Henry Boot Developments is overhauling its plans for what was set to be an office redevelopment of Invicta House near Spinningfields, after securing Marriott brand Moxy to operate a 130-bedroom hotel.

Henry Boot worked in partnership with hotel management company Khanna Enterprises to sign Moxy up to the scheme.

The 15,000 sq ft Invicta House has planning permission to be refurbished and extended into a 50,000 sq ft office, known as Silk Works.

The extension will sit behind the existing façade, with the new-build element clad in weathered steel.

A change of use application has now been submitted, to create the 130-bedroom hotel.

Moxy was launched in 2016 with its first hotel in Milan. It debuted in the UK in December last year at Aberdeen International Airport, where Henry Boot Developments is also delivering the £330m Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre.

The hotel is described as “a millennial-focused boutique concept”, focused on “fun hunter travelers”.

Dean Thompson, regional manager for Henry Boot Developments in the North West, said: “Silk Works is a very unique, beautiful building and in a great location, so it was an obvious choice for Manchester’s first Moxy Hotel. It will be a fantastic addition to the city’s hospitality offering, introducing something genuinely different. We’re excited to be working alongside Khanna Enterprises to bring such a unique offering to the city.”

NJL Consulting is advising on planning and Northmill Associates is the appointed architect for the scheme.

Henry Boot’s flagship project in Manchester is Kampus, the £250m joint venture with Capital & Centric that will see the creation of a landmark mixed-use development at Aytoun Street.

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