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Green light for Stephenson Studio's Jenga-like Manchester hotel

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Manchester councillors have approved plans by Stephenson Studio for a Jenga-style 275-bedroom hotel near Piccadilly Station

The city’s planning and highways committee voted to grant consent for the local practice’s project for developer Capital & Centric at 1 Adair Street.

The 14-storey, 10,036m² project features a series of tree-filled balconies jutting out at right angles, resembling the classic tower building game.

RIBA-hosted regional design panel Places Matter hailed the ‘exciting scheme’ close to the station that will eventually offer High Speed 2 connections to London and the West Midlands.

’The panel applauded what it felt is an incredibly dramatic piece of massing and a conceptually fantastic building,’ said a report by planning officers to councillors.

Planners added: ’The proposal would improve the overall quality of an area, establish a sense of place, promote a high level of sustainability, is visually attractive as a result of good architecture, would raise the standard of design in the area and would optimise the use of the site.’

Capital & Centric snapped up the plot for about £2 million last year and pre-sold the Stephenson Studio building to Fattal Hotels Group.

Adam Higgins, co-founder of Capital & Centric, said last year that the hotel would ’contribute to the vibrancy of this whole area – a missing link between Piccadilly Station and the east side of New Islington’.

He added: ’Our vision was to deliver something interesting and quirky that people want to explore. We want this to set the standard, and for other developers to be creative and come up with designs that excite people and draw in visitors.’

Adair street floor plans 3

Adair street floor plans 3

Second floor plan

Project data

Location Piccadilly East, Manchester
Gross internal floor area 10,036m²
Form of contract Design & Build
Total cost TBC
Architect Stephenson Studio
Client Capital & Centric
Landscape architect Re-Form
Planning consultant GVA HOW
Structural engineer Arup
M&E consultant JH Partners
Quantity surveyor Arcadis
Main contractor TBC
Start on site date January 2020
Completion date July 2021
Contract duration 18 months

Adair street our studio graphic

Adair street our studio graphic

Source: Our Studio

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