The owners of Manchester’s Dry Bar have submitted a planning application to convert the Oldham Street venue into a 101-bedroom hotel, expanding the building upwards with a three-storey rooftop extension.
A consortium led by Heeton Holdings acquired Dry Bar, or 28-30 Oldham Street, earlier this year. Famously owned by Factory Records and an influential part of Manchester’s leisure scene through the 1990s, the Dry Bar was put up for sale through Christie’s last year by owners the Dwyer family, with a guide price of £4m.
There is an existing planning permission from 2015 to convert the underused upper floors of the building into a 60-bedroom hotel.
The latest design, by HLM Architects, restores the Oldham Street and Spear Street frontages, adds new entrances at ground level, and would see an additional three storeys built on top. The extension design is stepped back on the Oldham Street side to reduce visibility from the ground.
A bar and retail space would remain on the ground floor and basement.
The consortium is led by Heeton, a residential and hospitality sector business, and also includes construction group KSH Holdings and engineer Ryobi Kiso Holdings. Heeton this year opened its first Luma boutique hotel in Hammersmith and has been involved in UK hospitality since 2009, with hotels under its management including the Holiday Inn Express Manchester.