Dakota set for hotel consent

A Leeds-based developer’s first foray into the Manchester market is due to be approved by the city council, allowing for the construction of a 137-bedroom hotel in the Piccadilly Basin regeneration area.

Dakota Hotels, part of Leeds-based Evans Property Group, acquired a 0.6-acre plot on Ducie Street from Town Centre Securities last year, and submitted a planning application at the start of 2017 for a “luxury” hotel.

Designed by KPP Architects, the Dakota Deluxe will include 137 bedrooms of 350 sq ft.

Manchester City Council planning officers have recommended the project for approval at its committee meeting on Thursday 6 April.

The Dakota concept was developed by hotelier Ken McCulloch, founder of Malmaison Hotels, in partnership with Evans. McCulloch remains involved with the company.

The brand places a strong emphasis on a high-end food and drink offering; the hotel will also feature a 130-cover restaurant, alongside a lounge, bar, and separate champagne bar.

Dakota is targeting a start on site by the end of 2017, and an opening date of 2019.

The hotel would be the next development plot to be brought forward at Piccadilly Basin, along with TCS and Urban Splash’s recent plans to convert Brownsfield Mill into luxury apartments, and the ongoing construction of Burlington House, a 91-apartment scheme designed by SimpsonHaugh & Partners.

Deloitte is advising Dakota on the planning application. Re-form Landscape Architecture advised on the landscape design.

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“Let them drink champagne!” someone called Marie Antoinette said, to the homeless and insecurely housed of Manchester, and to all the low-paid zero hour contract staff working in all the fancy hotels and restaurants, and to all the public sector workers in need of affordable, key-worker housing.

It’s true! A friend shared this internet meme thing on Facebook, I saw it myself.

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