The long-awaited redevelopment of the eyesore “lazy S” building on the walk up to Piccadilly Station is nearly finished. Apart-hotel operator Staycity said it will welcome its first paying guests to Gateway House on Monday 8 May.
The 182 short-let apartments will be made up of one-, two-, and three-bed units each with an open-plan sitting room, kitchen and dining area and en-suite bathroom. Staycity Manchester Piccadilly will offer guests a café, lounge area, gym, car park for 56 vehicles and a 24-hour reception service.
The main contractor is Marshall, following a design by Maddox Associates. The 140,000 sq ft building was sold by Realty Estates in June 2014 for £26m to LaSalle Investment Management on behalf of the HSBC Pension Fund.
Gateway House will be Staycity’s second site in the city, following 84 apartments in Laystall Street.