Hodder + Partners has won a design competition for a 330-room hotel on the corner of Whitworth Street and London Road opposite Piccadilly Station and the Grade II* listed Fire Station in Manchester (GALLERY).
The site was acquired out of administration by London-based Olympian Group after the collapse of the previous owner, a subsidiary of Targetfollow Group.
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Olympian has agreed a lease with German hotel operator Motel One. It will be Motel One's first Manchester hotel and one of its first in the UK.
Together with the proposal for Realty's redevelopment of Gateway House, which received planning permission before Christmas, this represents Hodder + Partners' second hotel in the city.
The existing Hotel International will be demolished to make way for the Motel One. The Marilyn Monroe-themed Monroes pub will be retained.
Hodder's design two blocks finished in precast concrete: one of eight storeys fronting Whitworth Street and another of 13 storeys backing up to Three Piccadilly Place and facing London Road.
Hodder told Place his design "seeks to make a transition from the intensity and scale of Argent's Piccadilly Place with that of the Fire Station, a calm foil to the exuberance of the latter."
A detailed planning application will be made at the end of this month with a commencement on site for a 15-month build due in September.
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