Deansgate Staycity
The Deansgate site would be Staycity's fourth in Manchester

Manchester lines up Salboy and Ask schemes for consent

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

The city council’s chief executive is due to decide next week on two projects, Ask Real Estate’s 22-storey Staycity hotel, and Salboy’s 17-storey Shudehill office, both recommended for approval.

The latest Staycity hotel to come to Manchester is proposed for a site near to Beetham Tower.

The 300-bedroom hotel would occupy a 0.6-acre plot between The Deansgate pub and Castlefield Viaduct.

The site is currently occupied by a single-storey retail unit, which would be demolished.

The hotel would be Staycity’s fourth in Manchester city centre as the company aims to grow its UK offering from 3,000 to 15,000 hotels by 2022.

SimpsonHaugh is the architect for the project, Deloitte as planner, Planit-IE landscape architect, and Civic Engineers.

Shudehill New CGI

Meanwhile in Shudehill, a long-running scheme from Salboy is set for approval, the third planning application to be submitted in four years for the Back Turner Street site.

In the latest iteration, the developer lodged plans to change its proposed scheme from residential to 45,000 sq ft of offices targeted at creative and digital tenants.

Proposals from Salboy to redevelop the brownfield site at Back Turner Street, High Street, and Shudehill were finally approved in June 2019 after various appearances at Manchester’s planning committee, having dealt with objections from councillors and members of the public to previous versions.

Salboy was denied planning permission in February 2018 for a 13-storey aparthotel to be operated by Zoku, the decision coming after several deferrals.

Over the course of 2018, different versions of a residential scheme were worked up by architect Jon Matthews, with a favourite picked by public consultation. The part-16, part-17 storey proposal, totalling 65 apartments, was ultimately granted planning permission.

Under the latest proposals, the height of the scheme will remain the same, although there will be one less floor, as the applications requests an increase in the floor-to-ceiling height in order to be more appealing to office tenants.

The design remains broadly the same externally. Jon Matthews is the architect and Euan Kellie Property Solutions is the planner.

Under the Covid-19 lockdown planning system, where planning committees are unable to meet, in Manchester the ability to decide on planning applications has been delegated to chief executive Joanne Roney, with recommendations from head of planning Julie Roscoe.

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Looking forward to the NQ one starting, its a dump around there atm and this will really help rejuvenate the area. Cant fault anything Salboy have done yet, Tib Street project is looking superb.

By Bob

I am pro-development but these schemes are overwhelmingly dull. Manchester will regret these schemes, which will add nothing to the long term vision of the city.

By Acelius

The NQ scheme is awesome, it’s currently a run down area to be avoided

By Murray

Same old typical, same architects, monopoly on design, boring tall buildings when literally no need!

Also how can it go from 13 to 17 when the height was an issue! More glass than you can shake a stick at too or if not glass, then repetitive facades. It’s all so dull! Where the imagination???

It’s good to see stuff happening but it’s just boring bland and will be thrown up.

By Disappointed person

I really like the Shudehill building. It’s in a great position. It should spread a lot of light on a February evening,, any planting /greenery?. The stay city hotel is,,, well a mid range generic hotel. I’m not too excited. Its very close to the proposed Viadux scheme which does have its merits,, is it ever getting built?

By Robert Fuller

Manchester needs to seriously think about what we’re creating here. Every week another tall block of flats are announced and some people think it’s great, the city is booming etc.. pretty soon our city will resemble suburban Moscow, dull and monotonous with little life at ground level.

By Thinkmanc

@ThinkManc, neither of the proposals above are flats. One office and one hotel.

By Anon