New hotel at 2-4 Whitworth Street West, Manchester achieves planning consent

Photo: New hotel at 2-4 Whitworth Street West, Manchester achieves planning consent

Today Manchester City Council Highways and Planning Committee approved proposals from UK based asset manager, Aberdeen Standard Investments to redevelop 2-4 Whitworth Street West into a 152 room hotel.

Working alongside Glenn Howells Architects and JLL, the plans will inject an investment of over £17m into the area to construct a mixed-use seven storey building comprising retail and food and drink outlets at ground level, with the hotel on the upper storeys.

It is expected work will begin in summer 2021. The hotel has potential to welcome over 90,000 visitors per year spending an estimated c£8.1m in the local economy, which is equivalent to an annual GVA contribution of £2.7m. The construction phase is expected to generate 197 jobs and over 50 jobs will be created by the hotel and ground floor retail and leisure units.

Stuart Howard, Senior Development Manager, Aberdeen Standard Investments said:

“We are pleased our development plans for 2-4 Whitworth Street West have been approved. The new hotel combined with the retail and leisure spaces will bring a new vibrancy to this important street in the City.”

Sandeep Shambi, Partner, Glenn Howells Architects said:

 “We’re delighted our plans for Whitworth Street West have been given the go ahead today.  Our design takes inspiration from buildings of Manchester’s past in terms of their scale, proportions and the use of traditional materials, which we are using in a contemporary way to create a well-crafted masonry building that responds confidently to the emerging scale of the wider area. We have worked closely with the local authority to ensure the proposals are appropriate to the setting and provide a much-needed animated use and frontage that compliments Deansgate Locks.”

JLL act as planning consultant and project manager for the development.

The news achieved coverage across North West property and business titles and the national React news.