Portland Street Hotel

Plans revealed for prime Piccadilly site

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

Designs have been revealed for a 150-bedroom hotel on a prominent site between the Northern Quarter and Piccadilly Gardens, which would see the closure of the Piccadilly Tavern pub for refurbishment.

Back in March 2019, a consultation was held on plans for the former Prince of Wales Building at 67 Piccadilly, Manchester, with Feilden Clegg Bradley attached as architect.

There were no designs at the time, as developer and owner Eastern Green said it wanted to gather views as “this prominent location deserves a high-quality development befitting its setting”.

The site includes 67-75 Piccadilly, part of which is grade-two listed, and 4-6 Newton Street. The most notable tenant on the plot is the Piccadilly Tavern pub at 71-75 Piccadilly’s ground floor.

The revealed scheme would see the retention of the grade-two listed 69-75 Piccadilly, and the construction of a 150-bedroom hotel, with 67 Piccadilly demolished. There is already a hotel operator lined up for the site, according to Eastern Green, and this scheme would be its first in the North West.

Portland Street Horel From Newton Street

The ground floor would include a café and bar, which the developer hoped would add additional surveillance to an area which often suffers from anti-social behaviour.

The operator of Piccadilly Tavern is currently expected to retain the unit and re-open once the project is completed.

The professional team includes Deloitte as planner and Stephen Levrant Heritage Architecture.

The site is located within the Stevenson Square Conservation Area at a key entry point into Manchester’s Northern Quarter, with broad frontage onto Piccadilly.

As the developer is unable to hold a public consultation event, comments on the plans can be made via www.67piccadilly.co.uk/

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There will be the usual habitual moaners, but this is a great improvement.

By Anonymous

Nice design. Just a shame they cant keep the existing building frontage! The owners have basically just let that building fall into ruin over the years. Shameful!

By Steve

Looks great

By Anonymous

Stunning!!

By Anonymous

What a lovely building. This is great and thankfully this is being done. That side has been under scaffolding for over a decade… how long has it been? It will be great to finally get something happening there and this design looks quite different to the usual

By EOD

Beautiful!

By Anonymous

At last something nice in Piccadilly.

By Elephant

The design does look in keeping with the surrounding area but I’m in agreement with Steve. It’s a shame the front cannot be salvaged in some way. None the less, it’s certainly an improvement!

By Scott D

This is a totally convincing contemporary take on palazzo-style architecture. If executed well, this will be very beautiful. It always appears sensational on the CGI.
One of the best recent proposals in Manchester – on High Street in NQ is by FCBS. I think the studio has topped even that in this proposal.
Very decent public realm too, and a genuinely transformative project in this grot spot.
Those two aforementioned FCBS buildings, plus Stephenson Studio’s Jenga-like hanging gardens hotel tower (to name but three) are making the NQ and Piccadilly Basin a special place.
NQ still has it.

By SW

Beautiful facade. Hope this gets realised.

By Anon

Impressive – well done to the developer and design team.

By Sally Cinnamon

Wow looks impressive hope it gets built. Doubt the appraisal can afford that facade.. Hope the QS has done their proper market testing.

By KatieT

Looks a great scheme, walk past if everyday, living just around the corner.

By Dan

Very impressive this looks great, can we have more like this please

By Jon P

wow, anything would be better than the advertising screen and scaffolding but this is beautiful. perhaps a little too tall but not out of place.

By KL

Looks fantastic! Hopefully this can get built.

By Anonymous

Looks great. Shame the Piccadilly Tavern remaining will attracts its frequenters.

By New Wave

This design looks fantastic. Makes a huge visual improvement on this plot.

By OneSixOne

far too tall, and hides the adjacent buildings

By mark

Superb work from FCBS again – Manchester’s very own Flatiron building at a crucial gateway to NQ

By Fan

There are too many hotels in Manchester as it is

By Mvd

Mvd…Doh! if only they’d consulted you first they could have saved all that Money!
I’ll go with the rest of comments, great design and will be a real asset to the area.

By Nve

this is really what manchester should be doing, this respects and embraces the city’s heritage. There’s so many awful looking new buildings that look like they are ready for demolition already. I really like this, hopefully it won’t get replaced

By Michael

What a corker. Brilliant to see designs like this for such surroundings.

By Thumbs Up

Great design . Real asset to this part of town.

By Nve

Brilliant design!

By Junior

Hopefully this will kickstart the levelling and redevelopment of this dirty and dangerous area.

By Karen

This looks like it will benefit Manchester and be hugely in the public interest. It will be especially good if any entrances to parking facilities are left off of the main street entrance.

By Anonymous

Give that architect a cigar . . . . and the estimator a headache tablet! Let’s hope it comes to fruition.

By Visitor

I CANT BELIVE IT! AN ACTUAL IMPRESSIVE DESIGN IN THE CITY CENTRE! CONGRATS TO THE DESIGN TEAM AND ALL INVOLVED

By Wow

this is great!

By daveboi

Great design really impressive

By Lenny68