Clayton Hotel, Portland Street, P.Russells
The scheme topped out in March. Credit: via ButlerBancroft

Russells hands over £45m Manchester hotel 

Dan Whelan

Property Alliance Group’s 329-bedroom Clayton Hotel on Portland Street has completed after a 187-week construction programme. 

Contractor Russell WBHO built the 18-storey Clayton Hotel for PAG, and Dalata Hotel Group will operate the building once it opens to customers in the new year. 

The building was constructed using precast panels with a Portland stone-style façade, which were manufactured off site, according to Russells. 

By manufacturing some elements off site, the building achieves a BREEAM Very Good rating, the contractor added. 

The site was previously occupied by a 12-storey office block that was knocked down as part of the £45m project. 

Paul Maloney, development construction manager at Dalata, said: “The new Clayton Manchester is an exceptional addition to our portfolio. We hope that our guests will love the impressive welcome of the triple-height atrium, the contemporary design of the building and its rooms, the variety of amenities and the high specification finish evident throughout.”   

The project team: 

  • Developer: Property Alliance Group, 
  • Funder: Aviva 
  • Employer’s agent: Henry Riley  
  • Design architect: Stephenson Studio 
  • Delivery architect: Leach Rhodes Walker  
  • Building services: Ridge and Partners and A & B Engineering,  
  • Structural engineer: WSP   

Will Clark, project manager at Property Alliance Group, said: “The project team has done a sterling job delivering the building before Christmas as planned and the building looks fantastic. We knew the site would be the perfect location for a hotel of this calibre and it will, I’ve no doubt, become an incredibly popular choice for Manchester visitors.”  

Gareth Russell, joint managing director at Russell WBHO, added: “The successful delivery of this £45m scheme on time and budget, despite the challenges of the busy city centre site and the unexpected curveball thrown by Covid, is something the whole project team should be proud of.” 

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The test will be how well it weathers. Seems to be a trend of white / concrete buildings in the city centre – many of which look awful after a few years.

The SimpsonHaugh one on St Peter’s Square is already looking stained and green.

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