Meininger Hotel Great Ancoats Street

Meininger advances plans for debut Manchester hotel

Charlie Schouten

The hotelier has put forward a planning application for its first hotel in the North of England in Manchester with proposals to build a 12-storey scheme on Great Ancoats Street.

Working with developer S Harrison, Meininger has put forward its application for the 212-room hybrid hotel, designed by architect 3DReid.

This includes a mix of rooms including private rooms and dormitories and will provide 785 beds in total. The developer and the operator revealed initial proposals for the scheme in June this year, and has now advanced the plans to application stage, working with consultant Turley.

Along with a mix of rooms there will also be a reception, lobby, lounge, breakfast room, and bar, as well as guest kitchens and a games room. Subject to planning, the hotel is expected to open in January 2022.

The proposed site of the hotel is currently used as a surface car park and sits between the Ibis Budget Hotel, the 20,000 sq ft Fabrica office, and X1’s The Plaza.

As well as being Meininger’s first hotel in the North, it will also be S Harrison’s first project in Manchester. The developer has delivered a number of hotels across the UK including a 127-bedroom Travelodge in Lincoln and a 46-bedroom Hotel du Vin in Stratford.

S Harrison managing director, Ann Scott, said: “As well as bringing a leading hotel operator to Manchester, this development will complement all the regeneration work that has taken place in recent years in this popular part of the city, which is just a 10-minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly station.

“We’ve used our vast experience working in the hotel and leisure sector to create this opportunity, bring the scheme forward and submit a planning application for our first Manchester development. We’re now already looking for further opportunities in the North West.”

Earlier this month, Place North West also revealed Meininger would be looking  to open its debut hotel in Liverpool; this will be a three-star, 90-bedroom hotel at 1 Union Court on Cook Street in the city centre, where an existing office building will be converted into hotel rooms. There will also be a rooftop extension to accommodate additional rooms.

Meininger has 26 hotels across Europe; it opened its first hotel in London’s Hyde Park in 2006, and is also planning to expand into the United States with a hotel in Washington DC.

Other UK sites are also identified by the operator including Belfast, Cambridge, Glasgow, and Edinburgh.

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Further north-eastwards expansion of the City Centre. Ancoats, Miles Platting, New Islington and Beswick are seeing huge growth in inward investment. Long may it continue.

By New Islington

Great to see further investment opportunities opening up. Worries me though that the social cleansing continues in Manchester and communities such as Ancoats, Miles Platting, Collyhurst, Lower Broughton are all being gentrified and real Mancunians/ Salfordians pushed out.

By Craig

Craig – just because people can afford their own home does not make them non-real Mancunians.

By Anonymous

“Real Mancunians”? What do you mean by that? We are an inclusive city that welcomes people who are willing to work hard and build our great city.

By Real Mancunian

Building news houses is not social cleansing. People need to understand what this phrase means before jumping on the band wagon.

By Head Wall Interface

I assume he means the people who have grown up in Manchester. Rather than BBC London etc staff spending their considerable relocation packages.

By Mike

And I’m not sure I’d be willing to classify most of those as hard working. These days, good pay and hard work rarely go hand in hand.

By Mike

Craig, please enlighten us as to what defines real Mancunians/ Salfordians??
My Mother came from Ireland at the age of 16 to find work and settled in Salford, where she has lived all her life… she is now in her 80’s. Is she a real Salfordian? I am the youngest of five children. We were brought up in a small 3 bedroom terrace in Salford. I have ran my own company for 30 years and moved to a more affluent part of the city. Am I a real Salfordian?(I was born in the family home).

By Tony

Manchester’s Labour Councillors think anybody who earns money and are able to afford nice things are not “real Mancunians”.

By Anonymous

The councillors think that anybody who can afford to live in a nice home is middle class. So when I moved into my flat did I suddenly become middle class despite growing up in Burnage? Also why does this make me a bad person?

By York Street

There are plenty of local homeowners selling their houses at hugely inflated costs, their happy about it to, nice big house in North Wales for that money


When the cardroom estate was rebuilt the old tenants were offered new homes, a tiny number accepted as they didn’t want to live there anymore, in my experience most inner city Manx’s and salfordians don’t want to live in the centre, it’s of no interest to them

By Dan

We need more housing social housing included Why would anyone want to live in city centre, to much noise, inflated council tax and living expenses the city centre should be retail only living around the city centre ideal.

By Llewellyn - Hoskison

I semi agree with Llewelyn. Ancoats and the doughnut around the city centre can be used for housing including social housing and family homes. The very centre though should be shops, offices, bars, theatres and apartments for those who want to live amongst that and isn’t bothered about the noise and vibrancy. Trying to force families and social housing into the NQ and Deansgate is pointless.

By York Street

Such an iconic and beautiful design… Same old same old. Can’t we just add slight details to at least give some unique properties and a sense of place?

By Fishmanc

Agree with “Real Mancunian.” To be a real Mancunian you have to look like an extra in Coronation street circa 1960 and live in a terraced house with a backyard then? Are people born in Didsbury not “Real Mancunians?” Too much inverted snobbery in this city. It hold us back and that is why every guidebook opens with, “A city famous for music and football.”

By Elephant

At a time when many High Street Shops are going out of business – the city centre should be retail only? Not sure I can agree with that logic, I would rather our city centres did not become ghost towns with raging spice head junkies running wild.

By Anonymous

Like it or not @Elephant, but you mention Manchester in most places around the world the response you will get is “Manchester United!?”

There’s no shame to that….and the hard facts are that football still generates the most tourism. I’d rather that as a reference point than bragging about the number of falafel outlets along Burton Road.

By Cyril

I agree Cyril that there is no shame in people responding to football teams but we should be promoting the remarkable economic and political achievements of Manchester. The fact that Manchester has won more Nobel prizes than Japan. That it was the first modern city, where the emancipation of women in the UK began, it has the oldest library in the English speaking world and still comes up on google if you enter the greatest industrial city ever. Trade unions, the inspiration for the Communist manifesto and of course poignantly this week Peterloo. The splitting of the atom plus computers.The list of firsts and achievements is endless. You would not open a guide book on London which started with a line about Chelsea and the Rolling Stones. Manchester has a vivid way of life which is more than 11 men kicking around a bladder, nor did it’s history begin when the Stone Roses made their first album.

By Elephant