Realty Estates has submitted a planning application for the conversion of four floors of empty office space near Manchester’s Albert Square into a “backpacker’s hotel”, with capacity for up to 170 guests.
Designed by Sixtwo Architects, the change of use of the first-to-fourth floors of 57 Princess Street would create 16 dormitory bedrooms.
The offices have been vacant for some time, and Greek restaurant Rozafa operates from the ground floor and basement. Under the plans, the restaurant would remain, with the ground floor extended out towards the street to create additional dining space, and creating a terrace on the first floor.
According to documents submitted with the application, the scheme has been encouraged by the council, with the developer told “there is an undersupply of this type of accommodation in Manchester city centre”.
The hostel would be operated by a subsidiary of Realty Estates. Realty also runs the La Reserve Aparthotel in Manchester, and has a hotel in Fulham, London.
Realty said that the exact number of guests would be the subject of an operational assessment, but would be between 120 and 170.
NJL Consulting is the planner.