PLANNING | Leonardo Hotel granted consent as High Street deferred

Capital & Centric’s 275-bedroom Leonardo Hotel near Piccadilly station, and Greenlane’s hotel conversion of Pearl Assurance House both secured permission from Manchester City Council’s planning committee, while the £96m residential proposal at High Street was deferred by developer CEG.

The plans at 20-36 High Street were due to go before committee in July but CEG asked for a deferral to allow it to refine the proposals to deliver affordable housing. At the start of yesterday’s committee, the chairman announced the applicant had requested a deferral again.


Adair Street

Adair Street Hotel

Developer: Capital & Centric

Operator: Leonardo Hotels

Storeys: 13

Bedrooms: 275

Architect: Stephenson Studio, landscape architect Re-form

Contractor: Bowmer + Kirkland

Planner: Avison Young

The 110,000 sq ft hotel is on the corner of Adair Street and Great Ancoats Street, near Capital & Centric’s Crusader Mill and within the Portugal Street East regeneration framework. Bowmer + Kirkland has been appointed to the scheme with demolition works already under way.

The first scheme to come forward as part of the Portugal Street East Regeneration Framework, the building was unanimously approved by Manchester City Council’s planning committee, after being described as “the perfect example of the right building in the right location”. Speaking about the development as part of the committee, co-founder of Capital & Centric Adam Higgins said the hotel would bring “much needed vitality” to an under-used area of the city.

Pearl Assurance House

Pearl Assurance House Planning Cgi

Number of rooms: 70

Number of storeys: 7

Agent and planning architect: Stephenson Studio

Architect: Leach Rhodes Walker

Developer: Greenlane Properties

Operator: Malmaison

The proposal for the conversion of the vacant office building Pearl Assurance House on Princess Street facing Manchester Town Hall was deferred last month to allow for a site visit. The 70-room hotel is to include a seven-storey extension to the rear of the site, and a two storey-extension replacing the existing sixth floor to create a rooftop bar.

While in the planning committee councillors suggested the loss of the view to the Town Hall clock tower from Pall Mall was unfortunate, Historic England had no objections and council officers stressed the positive impact the hotel would have on the square, due to its operation as a Hotel du Vin.

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I wish they’d get High Street approved. That part of town is a crumbling wreck with the highest crime rate in the city and needs this kind of regeneration

By Tyler

Leonardo a beautiful looking scheme. Let’s hope it’s not render Stephensons as that will look terrible before it even opens

By Anything but render

Get High Street back on the agenda and approved, the area is an utter dump atm. Best proposal ive seen in ages alongside Leonardo

By Bob

There’s so much hype about the Addair Street scheme, mostly because it’s got a few jutting out balconies and a couple of street trees, but other that it’s just a lot of big white panels. I don’t think it will look that great in the flesh…

By Anon

Be great to see Pearl Assurance having a positive contribution to the area.
Very hesitant on Leonardo. A CGI looks great,we shall see.

By VW Driver

High Street development deferred! Manchester council are idiots.

By Lenny1968

Anon that is like saying that the Town Hall is a building with a big clock and some sticky out ugly faces. The proposal for Addair Street is far superior to the usual rectangular block we normally get.

By Monty

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