Adair Street Hotel

Work set to begin at Leonardo Hotel

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

Capital & Centric has appointed Bowmer & Kirkland to start on site at the 275-bedroom Leonardo Hotel on Adair Street, Manchester.

Bowmer & Kirkland will manage demolition, site investigation and enabling works, and is due to begin imminently.

The 110,000 sq ft hotel, designed by Stephenson Studio, will be located on the corner of Adair Street and Great Ancoats Street and will reach up to 13 floors. Re-form advised on the landscaping.

The site is near the developer’s Crusader Mill residential scheme, and London Warehouse, a multi-million pound refurbishment of the former Place aparthotel, delivered in partnership with Native.

The design & build contract is due to be awarded in the coming months with main works due to begin later this year, subject to planning consent.

The hotel falls within the Portugal Street East regeneration framework. There are currently four planning applications in with Manchester City Council as part of the masterplan, however Capital & Centric’s is the only one to be validated.

Other projects coming forward include Olympian Homes and Aecom’s proposals for two towers targeted at the private rented sector, designed by Jon Matthews Architects, and a 23-storey residential block from Forshaw Land & Property, designed by SimpsonHaugh. Another building sited in the SRF zone is Aeroworks, an office owned by Epsilon Real Estate and recently fully let to On The Beach.

Both Forshaw and Olympian submitted planning applications for their schemes last year, and a public realm application has also been put forward, however Manchester City Council has held off progressing the proposals until all parties can agree on funding for delivering and maintaining public realm. Transport for Greater Manchester, the council, and KM Print Design are also landowners around Portugal Street East.

A planning committee date for the Leonardo Hotel is yet to be confirmed. An early 2021 opening is being targeted.

Adam Higgins, co-founder of Capital & Centric said: “It’s great to be kick-starting the regeneration of this important part of town. It’s no secret that anti-social behaviour has been a problem in the past and that something needs to happen. We’re just the first of a bunch of projects that will transform this unloved area into a bustling new quarter.

“With our owner occupier community moving in next year at Crusader Mill, Piccadilly East is soon going to rival the Northern Quarter and Ancoats as the place to be. With new homes, hotels, café-bars and offices planned you can see why it’s quickly becoming Manchester’s top property hotspot.”

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It’s a shame C&C don’t own the other plots around here

By York Street

Love this design. Just hope it can stand up to the pollution from traffic and not look stained and dirty after a few years

By Steve

Great looking scheme by Stephenson’s. This will hopefully kick start what could be an amazing corner of Manchester.

By Matt Pickering

If they can deliver this it’ll be one of the best pieces of architecture in Manchester.

By Derek

Finally trees being added to properties! Singapore style

By Anonymous

I think this is going to look awful and cheap when it’s complete. Big blocks of facade and a lot less trees.

By Anon

Another great win for Bowmer and Kirkland. They are winning some amazing jobs.

By Anonymous

We need to see more buildings incorporating greenery right across the north west!

By Anonymous

I didn’t think this would ever happen, such a complex design doesn’t seem viable in that part of the city, it must have been massively value engineered since planning surely?

By Paul Smith

Dumbed down version now to follow with the D&B contractor on board before detailed approval has been given

By Oscar

eeerm, is this for real? “however Manchester City Council has held off progressing the proposals until all parties can agree on funding for delivering and maintaining public realm” ffs MCC get the 106 signed and the investment in the bag before brexit bites!

By James Ryder

I can’t visualise where this is? What is the block in the background?

By Elephant

Not quite the vertical forest towers in Milan but I really like it, we need more of type of development in the city.

By Lenny1968

Such a nice design, my favourite of 2018/19, hope it gets built.

By Mike Barlow

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