Premcor Rochdale Road

The hotel is designed by Jon Matthews Architects. Credit: via planning documents

Summer start for Manchester Premier Inn as land sale completes 

Whitbread, which owns the hotel chain, has purchased a consented hotel development site on the edge of Manchester’s Northern Quarter from Premcor. 

With the purchase now complete, Whitbread is lining up GMI Construction Group to build the 229-bedroom Premier Inn brand with construction work expected to commence this summer. 

The acquisition on Rochdale Road, which has planning permission for a 229-bedroom hotel set over ten storeys, is part of Whitbread’s strategy of reconfiguring its network of hotels in Manchester city centre. 

Paul Smith, property acquisition manager for Whitbread, said: “Whitbread is a long-standing investor in Manchester with six popular Premier Inn hotels across the city centre and many more across the city region.   

“In line with our perfect portfolio investment strategy, we are in the process of reconfiguring our network of hotels across central Manchester to ensure we have the right number of bedrooms in the right parts of the city centre for our guests.” 

He added: “Our investment in the Rochdale Road development site brings another 229-bedrooms into our secured development pipeline in a part of the city centre we wish to expand our presence.  The location ticks all the boxes for our guests and with Whitbread’s direct involvement in the scheme, we can guarantee the development will now proceed at pace.” 

Whitbread intends to implement the planning consent for the hotel building, which will feature a mix of Premier Inn’s standard bedrooms and enhanced Premier Plus rooms.  An integrated restaurant, bar, and check-in area will occupy the ground floor. 

Whitbread’s most recent development activity in central Manchester has been to the south and west of the city centre. 

In May 2021, the company opened a 157-bedroom Premier Inn hotel at Princess Street which paved the way for the redevelopment of its Deansgate Locks hotel a short distance away. 

Planning consent was successfully secured at this location to create a purpose-built student accommodation development for more than 1,000 students and a 13-storey office building.  Demolition of the former hotel is currently underway. 

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I hope the church next door survives and is given a new lease of life.

By Anonymous

Hope the Angel pub can continue to be there and not be bought up, proper good little pub,


How many Premier Inns does one city centre need? Variety would be good.

By Schindler

Who needs windows

By Anonymous

It’s an ugly building and far too residential for a hotel around here. A big mistake!

By Observer

People will stay here for nights out in town, and struggle to get a taxi to take them back in the early hours, taxis in Manchester need sorting

By Gilly

There are already 3 hotels adjacent (one next door and two across the road) and two more within 100 metres (none are Premier Inn), so not sure why the area is considered too residential. There are also two large office blocks round the corner, with two more with planning permission.

The pub can stay, but not the “beer garden” and yard. They make the area look really scruffy.

Would be good if the church was brought back into use.


There are some very ugly lumps of buildings between Rochdale Road and Oldham Road. Not why they bothered with the New Cross Masterplan. Uninspiring terrible brick choices and lumpen design. The Land that taste forgot.

By Anon

They could do with a mural on that blank wall. Otherwise I don’t really mind this one

By Anonymous

Gilly – It is a short walk from much of the northern half of the city centre, including the Arena, Northern Quarter and Ancoats. A pint in the Marble, another in the Fringe Bar, a pizza at Rudy’s and a gig at Band on the Wall, before a hop, skip and a jump back to a comfy bed sounds like an evening well spent to me.

By Nick Barton

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