Property Alliance Group has confirmed its intention demolish the office at 55 Portland Street and replace it with a 17-storey hotel by submitting a full planning application for the project, as first revealed by Place North West last year.
The new hotel, to be operated by Irish firm Dalata Hotel Group, will include 329 bedrooms, and a restaurant at ground floor and mezzanine level. There are no plans to include any parking as part of the hotel development. Russells Construction has been named as the contractor.
Designed by Stephenson Studio, the building’s largest frontage will be along Sackville Street, while parts of the hotel will also face Major Street.
The hotel will be operated under Dalata’s four-star Clayton brand. The firm primarily operates hotels in Ireland, but has sites at Manchester Airport, Cardiff, Leeds, and London.
The original office block will be demolished to make way for the new hotel, and the demolition is being brought forward through a separate planning application.
The plans represent a departure from the original proposals for the site, which were to refurbish and extend the existing office block to create 110,000 sq ft of office space, alongside 6,200 sq ft of retail at ground floor level.
The application, granted in February 2016, also included proposals to build a 14-storey hotel on the neighbouring plot.
The adjacent hotel, which includes 183 beds, a casino, and restaurant, is already under construction with contractor Marshalls starting work on the scheme last year. This will be operated by Bespoke Hotels.
Alongside Stephenson Studio, the professional team also includes How as planner.
Andy Lavin, development director at Alliance, said: “This scheme has been developed to meet the huge demand for hotels in Manchester city centre. Investment across the city is rising and that’s also reflected in our 3 St Peter’s Square development, which will comprise two hotel operators within the same building. The development at 55 Portland Street is ideally positioned for a new hotel, providing easy access to Piccadilly, the Northern Quarter and Oxford Road.”