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Work to begin on 3 St Peter’s Square hotel scheme

A new 20-storey hotel development is to be progressed in Manchester city centre’s St Peter’s Square after securing planning permission.

Work on Property Alliance Group’s 20-storey building is expected to start imminently and it will sit between One and Two St Peter’s Square.

A vacant 1970s building previously known as Peterloo House will be demolished to make way for the project, which will incorporate a 328-bedroom Motel One on the ground floor and eight upper floors as well as a 262-room Staycity Aparthotel above.

The scheme, designed by Stephenson Studios in conjunction with Leach Rhodes Walker, is due to be completed in 2020.

Andy Lavin, development director at Property Alliance Group, says: “This site has a prominent city centre location which makes it ideal for Motel One and Staycity. Each operator has a different but complementary offer which will add to the wider mix of uses in the area.

“Visually this development will also add to the street scene in St Peter’s Square, helping to strengthen the Civic Quarter.”

Motel One recently opened a 302-bed hotel in the city’s Royal Exchange in June, and previously launched a 330-bed Piccadilly hotel in 2015 – both of which were built by Russells Construction, which is in line to construct the St Peter’s Square addition.

Staycity Aparthotels’ estate already comprises more than 4,500 apartments across central city locations and the Dublin-based firm is on target to expand to 15,000 apartments by 2022.

The company’s St Peter’s Square aparthotel will be operated under its new premium brand called Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity.

HOW Planning represented Property Alliance Group during the planning process.