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Leach Rhodes Walker to build hotel in Manchester conservation area - images

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Leach Rhodes Walker has been given the green light for this five star hotel development in the heart of Manchester's Smithfield Conservation Area.

The £20 million scheme will boast 228 bedrooms in two 'splayed' wings - one a nine-storey building facing out on a new public square, the other an eight-storey block looking onto Shudehill.

Sitting on a double-height, glazed plinth, the hotel replaces an existing three-storey building on the key 0.32ha junction plot and falls within the area masterplan drawn up by fellow Mancunians MBLC.

The accommodation blocks will be clad in a grey concrete-resin rain-screen system.

According to the design statement, the proposal 'has been developed with a clear understanding that it must address and reinforce this prominent corner of the site'.

The statement continues: 'The new development will be seen from all sides and our design philosophy recognises this.'

The project, which is already on site, is due to be finished by autumn 2007.

by Richard Waite

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