A luxury hotel operator plans to open its first Manchester site, after acquiring a canalside plot from Town Centre Securities within the Piccadilly Basin regeneration area.
Dakota Hotels, part of Leeds-based Evans Property Group, revealed its proposals for the Ducie Street hotel at a consultation event held yesterday.
Designed by KPP Architects, the Dakota Deluxe hotel will include 138 bedrooms of 350 sq ft.
The Dakota concept was developed by hotelier Ken McCulloch, founder of Malmaison Hotels, in partnership with Evans. McCulloch remains involved with the company.
The brand places a strong emphasis on a high-end food and drink offering; the hotel will also feature a 130-cover restaurant, alongside a lounge, bar, and separate champagne bar.
Reaching up to nine storeys, the building includes bedrooms with terraces on the first floor.
Dakota currently operates three hotels in Glasgow, and is opening a fourth in Leeds next spring.
In Manchester, a planning application is due to be submitted next month. Subject to approval, Dakota is targeting a start on site by the end of 2017, and an opening date of 2019.
The 0.6-acre plot is currently used as a surface car park.