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The hotel would be Staycity's fourth in Manchester

Plans in for latest Deansgate tower

Dan Whelan

Ask Real Estate has submitted proposals for a 22-storey Staycity hotel close to Manchester’s Beetham Tower.

The 300-bedroom hotel would occupy a 0.6-acre site between The Deansgate pub and Castlefield Viaduct.

The site is currently occupied by a single-storey retail unit, which would be demolished as part of the plans.

The hotel would be Staycity’s fourth in Manchester city centre as it aims to grow its UK offering from 3,000 to 15,000 hotels by 2022.

SimpsonHaugh is the architect for the project, Deloitte as planner, Planit-IE landscape architect, and Civic Engineers the structural engineer.

Other members of the project team include Walker Sime as project manager; Cundall as sustainability and acoustic engineer; JH Partners as building services; DMC as principal designer; Gray Scanlan Hill advising on daylight and sunlight; Stephen Levrant Heritage Architecture as heritage advisor; Ball & Berry on building control and Design Fire Consultants as fire engineer.

Ask Real Estate’s other Greater Manchester projects include First Street, which provides 500,000 sq ft of leisure space and completed in 2015, and 100 Embankment, a nine-storey commercial building in Salford offering 166,000 sq ft, which is due for completion this year.

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More abysmal tat for Manchester. We are losing out because of rubbish buildings that look 50 years out of date before the foundations are dug!

By Acelius

This is such over-development it’s tragic. Desperately increasing keys by imposing itself over onto the Metrolink side. The Deansgate pub getting swamped and losing the sun-trap of a terrace. Dull as dishwater design. I’m all for development but this is crass.

By Clue

This is a great scheme, for a site long in need of redevelopment.

There are much better visuals than these, that would sell it a bit better.


this is very low quality design. Place making non-existent… just bland as ever from Simpson-Haugh

By manc

This is spectacularly bad. I’m assuming @ALL has vested interests, and would disagree outright with the suggestion that this is a great scheme. It’s borderline the worst looking scheme in Manchester.

By anon

Hopefully the Deansgate pub can use some of its compo to fit a lift and get rid of that stupid ramp.

By Barny

Having had a look through the Design and Access Statement online, they have dealt with the arches well and will activate some long forgotten elevations. I am not sure they could have possibly squeezed any more area out of the site, which I am sure the client is very pleased with! Such a shame for the pub to be so dwarfed and enveloped though.

By Bradford

Oof, that overhang image is abysmal.

By .

Interesting to see which contractor pops up to build this – risky!

By Oscar

Immense! Love the cantilever design. This is very exciting indeed.

By Anonymous

More umbrella-destroying downdraft for Metrolink users of that stop. Why are all of these new towers not forced to include wind deflectors at ‘ground’ level?

By Bob