The hotel portion of Property Alliance Group and Starwood Capital’s £200m redevelopment of the prominent Manchester site has been approved by the city council.
Under the proposals, lodged in May, the former Renaissance hotel building on Deansgate is to be refurbished and relaunched under SH Hotels & Resorts’ Treehouse brand.
The 216-bedroom Manchester offering is to be the second Treehouse hotel in the UK following the brand’s maiden opening in London in 2019.
The hotel operator is owned by an affiliate of US-based investor Starwood, which bought the site in joint venture with Property Alliance Group earlier this year.
Eyebrows were raised when the developers revealed they would repurpose the 1970s hotel building rather than demolish it, as many commentators consider it an eyesore.
However, others applauded the joint venture for its sustainable approach to the site’s redevelopment.
The three-part revamp of the site has been designed by Jon Matthews Architects.
Plans for the office element of the project were submitted in July and propose the partial demolition of the vacant Premier House office building. The majority of the building is to be upgraded and will provide 40,000 sq ft of workspace once complete.
The residential part of the scheme, featuring a 27-storey tower comprising 300 apartments, is out for consultation.