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Revised plans in for 18-storey Old Trafford hotel

Charlie Schouten

Architect Stride Treglown and developer Acre have submitted updated plans for an 18-storey hotel on Chester Road in Old Trafford, after withdrawing a previous application for the plot.

The hotel will replace an existing office on the corner of Chester Road and Warwick Road, the main route from Old Trafford Metrolink stop and Manchester United’s stadium. The plot also sits opposite the Trafford pub.

Acre had previously submitted an application in November for the site, featuring a 16-storey, 212-room hotel, but these plans were withdrawn to allow for a series of changes following feedback from Trafford Council’s planning officers.

The key changes between the two applications are the removal of a rooftop bar and restaurant, and relocating these to the ground floor to provide an active frontage along Chester Road.

Design changes have also been made to the hotel to “ensure the tower building form appeared slender and elegant”, according to the architect.

The number of bedrooms has also been reduced from an initial 212 down to 190, including 13 accessible rooms. The redesigned building tops out at 18 storeys with a double-height corner feature, while the main tower stands at 16 storeys.

There is also a three-storey podium clad in red brick, which will house the hotel’s public areas.

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The hotel’s ground floor

The fresh application stands at 101,000 sq ft, down from 120,000 sq ft in the previous application.

Hampton By Hilton has already signed up to a franchise agreement for the hotel, making it the second Hilton brand in Old Trafford – the hotelier already operates the Hilton Garden Inn at Lancashire County Cricket Club. It is expected to create around 45 full-time and 25 part-time jobs once complete.

The 31,000 sq ft office block on the site currently has planning permission for an office-to-residential conversion, which was granted in 2016, but this has now lapsed.

Developer Acre Manchester is part of the Westcombe Group, and its directors are Kamal Pankhania, Sunil Pankhania, and Vraj Pankhania, according to Companies House records.

Along with Stride Treglown, the professional team features M&E consultant Capita, structural engineer Curtins, SK as transport planner, Abricon as environmental consultant, SRL as acoustic consultant, JGA Fire as fire engineer, and Brian Madge as planning consultant.

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