Construction of Property Alliance Group’s 18-storey development in Portland Street, Manchester has reached its highest point, with the contractor aiming to complete the scheme this year.
The four-star offering from hotel operator Dalata Hotel Group will be 18 storeys plus basement, comprising 329 bedrooms across floors three to 18. The ground and first two floors will house a reception area and bar, along with restaurant, gym, meeting rooms and commercial kitchen.
The development is being funded by Aviva, with Henry Riley acting as employer’s agent. Designed by Stephenson Studio and Leach Rhodes Walker, the building services design is from Ridge and Partners and A & B Engineering, while WSP is responsible for the structural design.
Appointed to the build by PAG, Russell WBHO is providing a full turnkey service including demolition, construction, installation and full fit-out – and said it remains on track to hand over the hotel complete with all fixtures and fittings ready for opening before Christmas.
Topping out was achieved with the completion of the external pre-cast structure by concrete sub-contractor Creagh, and the precise removal of the tower crane which was located in the centre of the building.
The project required the demolition of a 1960s office block.
Gareth Russell, joint managing director of Russell WBHO, said: “Despite the challenges of the last year, the project remains on programme thanks to the commitment of everyone involved.
“Our site team has adapted to the new working conditions, embracing technologies and techniques to help keep the project on track, and I want to take the opportunity to celebrate that achievement at this key milestone.”
The hotel will be Dalata’s second Clayton Hotel in the city, the first being at Manchester Airport, with two Maldron hotels in the pipeline for 2022.
Paul Maloney, development construction manager from Dalata, said: “As one of three new Clayton Hotels opening across the UK over the next year, Portland Street will be a unique property, with three storeys of amenity space and an impressive triple height entrance.
“It is thanks to Russells and the design and engineering teams that we were able to achieve 18 storeys and create the space needed to accommodate the range of facilities that will make the Clayton Manchester the go-to option for business and leisure customers alike.”