Dalata Hotels Group and Catalyst Capital are hosting a public consultation today on plans for a 17-storey hotel opposite Circle Square, designed by architect SimpsonHaugh and due to open in 2021.
The hotel is set to be built on a plot bordered by Charles Street and Mouncey Street, currently home to a four-storey commercial building and a 40-space surface car park.
Irish group Dalata will operate the proposed hotel under its four-star Maldron Hotels brand, and the 17-storey building will house 278 rooms, a restaurant, and a bar.
Catalyst Capital is acting as developer and is due to submit a planning application for the project in January this year, and work could start on site in September next year subject to planning. The developer is aiming to have the development before planning committee in June next year.
Before the application is submitted, the project team is hosting a public consultation on the plans at the Innside Hotel at First Street between 3pm and 7pm today. Deloitte is the planner for the scheme.
Dalata first revealed plans for the project in September this year, after it signed a deal with CEPF II, a fund administered by Catalyst Capital.
If it secures planning permission, it will be Dalata’s second hotel in the city centre and its third in Greater Manchester.
It already operates a Clayton Hotel at Manchester Airport, and is set to run a 17-storey, 329-bed hotel at 55 Portland Street, which is being brought forward by Property Alliance Group with funding from Aviva Investors. The latter will also be operated under the Clayton brand.
Dan White, development director at Catalyst Capital said: “Given the key location opposite the Circle Square masterplan area and close to the Oxford Road Corridor, the site presents an excellent opportunity for enhancement.
“The proposals will help to reinforce a key east-west route, connecting key regeneration initiatives spanning HS2/Mayfield/North Campus to the north, and, Oxford Road Corridor, First Street and Great Jackson Street to the south.”
“Manchester is the strongest leisure destination in the North of England and one of the most successful in the UK outside of London with 1.19 million international visitors to the city alone in 2016. It’s also estimated that 150,000 people visit the city centre each weekend.”
Catalyst Capital is also backing another hotel development in Manchester, the £17m New Cross StayCity, which has been designed by SimpsonHaugh and is being built by Bardsley.
The eight-storey building, which secured planning approval in January this year, will house 48 one-bed and 176 studio rooms, along with a reception, café, and gym. It is due to complete in December 2019.