Capital & Centric’s 275-bedroom Leonardo Hotel near Piccadilly station, and Greenlane’s hotel conversion of Pearl Assurance House both secured permission from Manchester City Council’s planning committee, while the £96m residential proposal at High Street was deferred by developer CEG.
The plans at 20-36 High Street were due to go before committee in July but CEG asked for a deferral to allow it to refine the proposals to deliver affordable housing. At the start of yesterday’s committee, the chairman announced the applicant had requested a deferral again.
Developer: Capital & Centric
Operator: Leonardo Hotels
Architect: Stephenson Studio, landscape architect Re-form
Contractor: Bowmer + Kirkland
Planner: Avison Young
The 110,000 sq ft hotel is on the corner of Adair Street and Great Ancoats Street, near Capital & Centric’s Crusader Mill and within the Portugal Street East regeneration framework. Bowmer + Kirkland has been appointed to the scheme with demolition works already under way.
The first scheme to come forward as part of the Portugal Street East Regeneration Framework, the building was unanimously approved by Manchester City Council’s planning committee, after being described as “the perfect example of the right building in the right location”. Speaking about the development as part of the committee, co-founder of Capital & Centric Adam Higgins said the hotel would bring “much needed vitality” to an under-used area of the city.
Pearl Assurance House
Number of rooms: 70
Number of storeys: 7
Agent and planning architect: Stephenson Studio
Architect: Leach Rhodes Walker
Developer: Greenlane Properties
The proposal for the conversion of the vacant office building Pearl Assurance House on Princess Street facing Manchester Town Hall was deferred last month to allow for a site visit. The 70-room hotel is to include a seven-storey extension to the rear of the site, and a two storey-extension replacing the existing sixth floor to create a rooftop bar.
While in the planning committee councillors suggested the loss of the view to the Town Hall clock tower from Pall Mall was unfortunate, Historic England had no objections and council officers stressed the positive impact the hotel would have on the square, due to its operation as a Hotel du Vin.