The hotel operator is to open its second site in Manchester city centre by converting and extending Pearl Assurance House opposite Albert Square.
The plans, put forward by developer Greenlane Properties, feature a one-storey roof extension and a seven-storey new-build extension wrapping around the existing building, creating a 70-bedroom hotel, named Hotel du Vin and to be operated by Malmaison.
A rooftop terrace and bar is planned, while a front-of-house facilities on the ground floor will extend to around 5,000 sq ft, featuring a lobby, bar, and bistro. In total, including its extensions, the development will cover 41,400 sq ft. No car parking is proposed.
The seven-storey extension to the rear will be clad in grey stone, designed to match the existing building’s materials.
Pearl Assurance House, dating to 1955, counts Costa among its ground floor tenants, while the upper floors are largely vacant. The hotel’s own bistro is likely to replace Costa, while a Starbucks was also formerly on the ground floor, but has since been replaced by a vape shop.
Working with architects Leach Rhodes Walker and Stephenson Studio, alongside planner Avison Young, Greenlane has now submitted a planning application for the scheme to Manchester City Council.
The professional team also includes Stephen Levrant Heritage Architecture; Regeneris; ERAP; and Gray Scanlan Hill.
The site will be Malmaison’s second in Manchester; it already operates a site next to Piccadilly Station.
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