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Manchester Moxy on site after long wait

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

Marriott has started construction of a Moxy Hotel on the edge of Spinningfields, a 145-bedroom building that will be the first Moxy branded hotel in the city.

Demolition contractor GA is on site at Atkinson Street, with a steel frame erected to support the facade of listed Invicta House, which is being retained as part of the project.

The scheme was previously brought forward by Henry Boot Developments, which secured Moxy as the operator, with the site owned by KE Hotels (Manchester).

The development features a 35,000 sq ft steel-clad extension on a concrete frame, sitting behind the building’s existing façade.

Planning permission was first secured for the redevelopment and extension of the 15,000 sq ft Invicta House as an office known as Silk Works, but in 2017 Henry Boot opted for a change-of-use into a 130-bedroom hotel.

The current scheme provides for a 145-room hotel operated by Moxy, a Marriott brand.

Henry Boot Moxy Hotel

A start on site has been awaited for some time. Bardsley was previously lined up as main contractor for the £15m project, and a November 2018 start targeted. However throughout 2019 there was no further activity, and Bardsley entered administration in December.

Gilbert Ash has now been appointed the main contractor and ICA is the architect for the scheme.

The Moxy brand was launched in 2016 by Marriott, described as “a millennial-focused boutique concept” designed for “fun-hunter travellers”.

It made its debut at Aberdeen International Airport the same year, where Henry Boot Developments is also delivering the £330m Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre. Moxy is also open in Chester, and last year gained consent for its first Liverpool outlet at Renshaw Hall.

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Awful how that beautiful facade will be obscured.

By Acelius

Pretty sure the metal structure is just to hold up the facade whilst the modern element is built behind and will be removed before the build is finished. Sorry if this was sarcasm and you already knew!

By @Acelius

I like the new exterior, but surely they could have built that anywhere? Or am I missing something?

By L

What are you talking about Acelius?

By Dan

Structure is to support the existing facade ffs…

By Anonymous

How long is Atkinson street shut for?

By ad_the_cab

It really amazes me how people can’t even be bothered to read the article before criticising! It clearly says in the second papragraph that the metal frame is only there to support the building.

By Steve

certainly not a world class design

By Anonymous

Nice façade retention structure (temporary)…made from hot-rolled steel members.

For years façade retention structures were often made from components of proprietary formwork and falsework systems.

On a separate note, I’m not a huge fan of retained facades…the decision to do so is usually a bit mawkish (unless heritage reasons).

If you were buying a 2020 Jaguar, you wouldn’t want a 1976 Jag front end welded on.

By North by North-West