Plans for a 22-storey hotel to be built on a long-vacant site on the approach to Piccadilly station, alongside the restoration and re-use of the grade-two listed former Union Bank, have been submitted to Manchester City Council.
Images of the Toyoko Inn, designed by Stephenson Studio, were first revealed at a public consultation in June. The designs are an adaptation of a previous scheme by Yotel approved for the site in 2013 but never progressed. The hotel will be Toyoko’s first in the UK, and will house around 350 bedrooms.
According to the application to the council, drafted by GVA How Planning, Toyoko intend to “create a hotel of exceptional quality” on the gap site on Piccadilly, an incorporate the “significant architectural and historic merit” of the neighbouring Union House, which has been vacant since 2006.
Union Bank will be refurbished and linked internally to the new element. Work on the building will include restoration of the ornate bank ceiling, currently covered by a suspended ceiling, the removal of non-original features, and the relocation of the stained glass windows, which will form a feature in the ground floor bar.
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 was launched in 1986 and now operates 270 hotels, expanding in recent years across Asia and into Europe, where it is now operational in Frankfurt and Marseille.
Since Barclays vacated the four-storey, 11,500 sq ft Union Bank building in 2006, various schemes have come forward. In 2007 Aneel Musarrat’s MCR Property proposed a nine-storey office scheme along with adjacent new build, while various hotel proposals were mooted, culminating in the scheme by pod operator Yotel for a 20-storey tower, consented in 2013.