Manchester’s keenly-awaited Stock Exchange Hotel is to open on 15 November as a member of Relais & Châteaux, a global network of independently-owned and operated luxury hotels.
The grade two-listed Norfolk Street building was acquired by Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs six years ago, with redevelopment being consented in 2015. The building, formerly owned by developer MCR, is currently undergoing redevelopment into a hotel with 40 rooms and a 3,500 sq ft penthouse residence. The food and drink operation is to be run by chef Tom Kerridge, as announced at the start of June.
Neville and Giggs are working with hotelier and co-owner Winston Zahra on the project. The hotel will be managed and operated by Manchester-based GG Hospitality, which lists the former Manchester United teammates as two of its four directors. Following its closure as a stock exchange, the building housed Stock restaurant.
Neville said: “We knew the Stock Exchange well from when it was a restaurant but it was only when we viewed it in its entirety that we realised the extent of the history there.
“Most people familiar with the building will know of the domed ceiling above the old trading room floor, but there are many other original features that will not have been seen by many, such as fireplaces, vaults and stained glass windows. For us it was critical that this heritage was protected, and it now sits at the heart of what we hope will be an exciting new concept for Manchester.”
Zahra said: “We are honoured to be the first ever Relais & Châteaux member in Manchester and one of the first properties in the 65-year history of the fellowship to become a member before its doors open. This is testament to all of the work the team has been doing behind the scenes. We have put a great amount of effort into ensuring the design for the property truly respects the history of the building.”