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The original design, left, and updated design, right

Toyoko Inn designs rejigged as start nears

Charlie Schouten

Stephenson Studio has put forward revised designs for the 23-storey hotel in Manchester with a start on site expected to follow in the coming months.

Japanese hotel operator Toyoko Inn bought the site in 2014 and has been looking to develop it ever since. Previous plans for a Yotel-operated building were put forward in 2013 but were never progressed due to funding and operational issues.

The 354-bedroom hotel will be Toyoko’s first in the UK and features around 350 bedrooms. The existing Union Bank building, which has been vacant since 2006, will be refurbished to link to the new-build element of the scheme.

The site is bound by Gore Street and Chatham Street, and sits in front of the Waldorf pub and Indemnity House, across Piccadilly from the ABode hotel and B Lounge pub.

Toyoko put forward plans for the hotel in 2018; these were approved in 2019, but with a project start approaching, Stephenson Studio has put forward rejigged proposals which show changes to the building’s cladding.

Changes include a bolder bronze cladding along with two-storey high panels on the building’s southern block.

Contractor HH Smith has cordoned off the vacant part of the site, with works set to be undertaken on the existing Union Bank building initially. A main contractor for the new-build element is due to be confirmed in the coming months; under the existing timeline, work is expected to start on the new-build in late 2019 or early 2020.

Toyoko Inn Redesign October 2019

The original design to the left and the updated design to the right

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The bronze will contrast nicely with the Abode building opposite

By Steve

I hate this part of Manchester. This goes some way to improving the grot of this District.

By Elephant

Far, far, far too tall for this location. What we have here is the uglification of another street with ill judged tall buildings. In a few years, this will be as over developed and look as bad as Whitworth Street West does today.

By Quasi

This is a big improvement. More tall buildings!

By Raj