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Plans in for Manchester’s first Maldron hotel

Charlie Schouten

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.

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A view of the site from Oxford Road railway station

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Pretty nice design, Manchester must have a crazy hotel:person ratio.

By l131b

Bullet Simpson Haugh for the post planning work and I’m sure the developer will make the scheme viable.

By Oscar

This’ll be nice, that area will be transformed in the next 3 years

By Paul smith

They need to tree line Oxford Road. It could be a beautiful thoroughfare with some imagination.Come on Manchester City council get rid of your hatred of green.

By Elephant

Least suprising words in the article; “designed by architect SimpsonHaugh”

By A Gaudi

I think that you’ll find that the footways on Oxford Road are stuffed full of services which is why there aren’t many trees in the footway. Simple really

By Ilovetreesreally

It costs at least five grand to plant a single tree in a footway. Eye watering but nonetheless true.

By I loveemtoo

I was recently in Granada and the main thoroughfare there is ‘Stuffed full of services’ and is a beautiful treelined avenue. Manchester does not have one attractive road, which for a major city is pretty poor. MCC are hopeless at water features and unable to provide anything green for its citizens.

By Elephant

Elephant Manchester is a labour council, they will not spend money on trees and green spaces, it’s against their ethos.

By Toby

Just awful. We deserve better than this tat!

By Acelius

No other city is dominated by one architect like Manchester is with SimpsonHaugh. Due to this disconcerting relationship this has led to a lack of identity, diversity and architecture in our city. There are so many incredible architects in Manchester, so sad.

By MrWhite

Disappointed you have censored my comment. Elephant is wrong and you shouldn’t let people get away with comments that are misleading

By Treelicious

Another bland hotel. Lovely.

By Scotty

Have you taken the trouble to examine the detail of the scheme Scott or have you been lazy and based your opinion on this one picture. If you did look further you still might not like it but you would have to acknowledge that it isn’t bland.

By Changeisnotgood

There used to be lovely trees on the pavement outside the BBC building on Oxford Road! It just looks so bland and boxy and uninspiring – plus it’s in student ville, so would’ve been good to see something inspirational and exciting, cutting edge, but which blends in with the historic buildings surrounding it

By Deb