Russells on course for 2020 completion at Circle Square hotel

The contractor has reached a construction milestone on the 16-storey hotel and car park, part of Manchester’s wider Circle Square development.

The superstructure of the building, which houses a 1,014-space car park on the first nine floors, and a 158-bedroom hotel on floors nine to 15, is now complete. Russells started the build in May 2018 and is set to hand over the scheme in September 2020.

The car park is nearing completion with its internal structures now built and the brick exterior cladding is now taking shape. The aluminium cladding for the hotel will be installed in November, with Russells delivering a full turnkey service, including decoration and internal fixtures.

The building was designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios with Leach Rhodes Walker the delivery architect. The building secured a £45m funding deal with Aviva Investors in March this year; the hotel and car park have been let at initial terms of 25 years and 35 years respectively.

Circle Square, the £750m joint venture between Bruntwood SciTech and Vita Group, is set to include around 1.2m sq ft of offices and 1,700 homes.

Gareth Russell, director of Russells Construction, said: “The project is on programme as planned and it is fantastic to see the building starting to take shape. This has to be one of the most visually unique buildings we have ever worked on and, now the structure is complete, we’ll start installing the aluminium cladding on the hotel section which really will make this one of the most eye-catching buildings in the city.”

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Unless the cladding turns out to be spectacular, could this be a nominee for the Carbuncle Cup?

By Allotmentlad

It certainly is “eye-catching”!!!!!!

By Mr Really

The totally uncoordinated steelwork visible behind the faux brickwork to the car park looks absolutely terrible on this. Take the whole thing down and start again please.

By Mies

Eye-catching in a way that it will make eyes sore. Its absolutely ghastly.

By New Wave

Will we still need all these car parks in 30 years?

By Trevor

Given their previous work around the world, I wouldn’t be surprised if that WAS the cladding @Allotmentlad..

By Dont Bite

How dare you, you have stolen my dreams [sniff]

By Greta Thunburg

I wonder what the fire strategy for the hotel is? Pretty concerning how the car park fire took hold at Liverpool docks.


I drive past this everyday and I didn’t realise that the top part was a hotel! How that’s got through planning I’ll never know.

By Scott D

Russells delivering a full turkey more like

By Prince Charles

Why on why was a development of such poor quality given the thumbs up on an otherwise quality site?

The circles on the car park element don’t even line up with each other, throw in that mentral streel structure behind it and you’ve got my attempts at multi-story designed back from the days of Knex

By BillyboyCauseDaveWasBanned

Climate Emergency Declared by Manchester Council – Yes, of course you can have a huge car park…

By Greta

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