Meininger Hotel Great Ancoats Street

Meininger plots debut Northern hotel

Charlie Schouten

The operator, working with York-based developer S Harrison, has revealed plans to open its first site in the North of England on Great Ancoats Street.

The German operator is set to submit plans for the scheme in August this year with 3DReid on board as architect alongside Turley as planner. The 12-storey, 212-bedroom hotel will include a total of 785 beds in a mix of room types, including doubles, private multiple-bed rooms, and dormitories.

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.

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.

S Harrison’s managing director, Ann Scott, said: “This is our first development in Manchester and we have worked closely with respected Manchester based planning consultants Turley, and architects 3D Reid, to bring the scheme forward. It’s expected that 21 new full-time jobs will be created once the hotel is complete.

“We are actively looking for more sites in the North West and are focussing on identifying off-market opportunities. Our independence, cash reserves and sound financial standing allow us to move quickly and decisively, often bringing to fruition schemes where others have seen no potential, or where others have tried and stalled.”

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