Irish hotel operator Dalata is on course to open its first site in Manchester under its Maldron brand by 2021 after submitting a planning application for the 17-storey scheme, designed by architect SimpsonHaugh.
The building is proposed for a plot along Charles Street, roughly opposite the commercial offering at Circle Square, and near where Charles Street meets Oxford Road.
Irish hospitality group Dalata will operate the proposed hotel under its four-star Maldron brand in what will be its third hotel in Greater Manchester and its second in the city centre. It already operates a hotel at Manchester Airport under its Clayton brand, and is also building a four-star Clayton Hotel at 55 Portland Street, which will be its debut city-centre site.
The main features of the building are an elevation to Charles Street which steps back in height away from the road and Circle Square; the elevation to the rear also features a “cut-through” to respond to the viaduct which links Oxford Road station to Piccadilly.
The cladding is made up of terracotta-pigmented pre-cast concrete, with the cantilevered north-facing elevation featuring a textured surface.
The hotel, which will have 278 rooms, is designed to take advantage of a growing cluster of development running from First Street via Oxford Road through to Piccadilly.
A large bar and restaurant area, linking to the reception, is proposed to provide an active frontage to Charles Street and York Street; overall this area covers around 4,000 sq ft on the ground floor, and there will also be meeting rooms on the first floor. No car parking is proposed as part of the site.
Mouncey Street, currently a dead end which runs into the site, is to be stopped up as part of the proposals, while a four-storey commercial building on the site will be knocked down.
Subject to planning approval, the scheme could start on site in September this year with completion pencilled in for 2021. Dalata has been backed on the Charles Street project by funder and developer Catalyst Capital.
Along with SimpsonHaugh, the professional team on the project includes Deloitte as planner and Curtins. A main contractor is yet to be appointed.
Catalyst Capital is also backing another hotel development in Manchester, the £17m New Cross StayCity, which has been designed by SimpsonHaugh and is being built by Bardsley.