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Plans in for Signature Living’s first Manchester hotel

Hotel operator Signature Living has submitted a planning application for its first hotel in Manchester city centre, a 39-room development on the site of the former Commercial Hotel in Castlefield.

Backed by Liverpool-based property developer Iliad Group, Signature Living plans to open the hotel in 123-125 Liverpool Road, both of which are grade two-listed buildings.

Signature plans to demolish some of the buildings’ unoriginal features to build a five-storey rear extension. The original buildings will be fully refurbished to house hotel accommodation and a ground-floor restaurant and bar.

Designed by Tim Groom Architects, the 30,000 sq ft development has already been to a public consultation, with the new-build extension’s cladding changed from gold-coloured to brass-coloured.

The professional team also includes ADS Structural as structural engineer.

Iliad’s plans to convert the buildings into a hotel, along with a five-storey extension, were first approved by Manchester City Council in December 2011, but the project was never progressed.

Signature Living already operates a number of smaller hotels across the UK, including Liverpool’s 30 James Street, as well as The Exchange Hotel in Cardiff.

Projects Iliad has built in Liverpool include the St Michael’s student accommodation scheme in Ropewalks and the mixed-use Manolis Yard development.

The developer also submitted a planning application last year for a 200-home apartment scheme in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle.

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The project has been designed by Tim Groom Architects

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Nice that, increases volume but doesn’t dominate the existing building. Perfect location to stay if your visiting the factory.

By .

Looking forward to this being built. Looks good. The bottom of Liverpool Road is going to change a lot over the next few years, become a lot more active.

By Bradford

I would put money on that the first post is from the developers , “doesn’t dominate the existing building ” are you blind ?

By Barny

Not a developer. Look at the view from Liverpool Road. This is amazing given the current Manchester climate; everything else like this is either being demolished or has a 30 storey Lego tower sprouting out of it!!

By .

Can’t demolish it , it’s listed . Can’t build a huge tower because it’s in a conservation area , that’s why what they are proposing is out of character for the area. Develop it by all means , but without the rabbit hutch’s on the back.

By Barny

Looks pretty special. This is a nice mature building and will boost Castlefield.

By Elephant

In no way does the extension dominate the exising building. It’s lighter, contrasting in materials, only a bit taller and set back. Bring it on!

By Ian Christie

Nice work.

By jackie M

Fantastic development. Not a developer…

By Tom

Anyone criticising it perhaps doesn’t realise how ugly and dilapidated the (non-listed) rear building is, which is what is being demolished to make way for the more modern hotel. If you read the planning application documents, they’ve taken a great deal of care to get this right – including venting from the roof rather than side walls – and are planning to restore the listed building in character with the conservation area (unlike, say, the height of the Self-Storage application for the other side of the viaduct).

Having read through the planning application last night, it’s a really impressive project which will restore the building with similar sensitivity to the Station Building (opposite) in the 1980s. Network Rail contractors are also spending a lot of time cleaning up the brickwork and restoring old features around the bridge on Water Street and it’s good to see the area moving forward with some ambition after a considerable period of neglect.

By Stevie