Glenn Howells Architects is understood to be working up plans for the Renaissance hotel site on Manchester’s Deansgate on behalf of developer Urban & Civic, beating SimpsonHaugh and Eric Parry in a design competition held earlier this year.
Urban & Civic acquired the prominent building in 2014, and launched the architectural competition at the start of this year.
The 1.9-acre site currently houses a 203-bedroom hotel, along with 26,700 sq ft of offices and 399 car parking spaces. Marriott has a management agreement that runs to the end of 2019 for the hotel.
On acquiring the site – which, like U&C’s other Manchester interest, the former Origin site, is a former West Properties project – the developer said it intended to start a phased development in either 2017 or 2018.
Urban & Civic and Glenn Howells declined or were unavailable to comment. Details of the proposals are yet to emerge, although has been rumoured to feature lower floors of retail units, underneath a tower for residential and hotel use.
The site is near to both the House of Fraser department store on Deansgate, and Manchester’s high-end shopping district of New Cathedral Street, which features both Selfridges and Harvey Nichols.