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Russells set for 20-storey Manchester hotel

Plans have been submitted for a 20-storey hotel and residential building at St Peter’s Square in Manchester city centre.

Developer Property Alliance Group lodged a planning application for a 328-bedroom hotel and 108 apartments on the site, which sits just behind the major office developments of One and Two St Peter’s Square.

According to planning documents, Russells would be the main contractor for the proposed scheme, while WSP is acting as structural engineer. Stephenson Studio is the architect.

The building would feature a hotel between the ground and eighth floors, to be operated by Motel One, while floors nine to 20 would house the apartments.

Russells has already built two hotels for Motel One in the city centre: a 303-bedroom facility on Cross Street and Motel One Piccadilly on London Road.

The St Peter Square scheme will be part of Motel One’s growing portfolio of hotels in the UK as it continues its expansion out of its home market in Germany, following developments in Edinburgh, Manchester and London.

Peterloo House, a seven-storey office block dating from the 1970s, will be demolished to make way for the scheme.

AXA Real Estate had been given the green light in May 2015 to build a 105,000 sq ft 12-storey office block on the site. However, it later decided not to proceed with the plans.

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