Plans for a new 4* hotel on the edge of the Northern Quarter have been revealed - as moves to regenerate the area around Rochdale Road continue apace.
The AC Marriott, intended to be built on the car park near Band on the Wall bounded by Addington Street, Mason Street and Cable Street, is described by the applicants as a European-inspired ‘urban design hotel’.
There are already other branches of the chain in Barcelona, New Orleans, Milan, Paris, Nice and Miami, aimed at business people or those looking to explore the local culture.
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Manchester’s version would include 172 rooms and stand at nine storeys, adding a new landmark to a former textile neighbourhood on the edge of the city centre that has until now lain largely undeveloped.
A lounge - likely to offer Spanish-inspired tapas - will be included for guests, along with a gym and conference facilities.
Planning permission for flats and offices on the land was granted in 2010, but has since expired.
However last year the council launched its masterplan for the New Cross area - around Rochdale Road and Oldham Road, stretching out from the city centre - in a bid to revitalise a district that has seen virtually no development since the 19-storey Skyline tower block opposite Angel Meadows.
They want to see new flats for people aged in their 20s and 30s, wider pavements and extra public spaces, along with a facelift for the shops and bars along Swan Street.
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The area between Rochdale Road, Oldham Road, Swan Street and Thompson Street - which includes the proposed hotel site - is expected to be developed first.
According to the application, town hall planners believe a hotel on that site would be a good way to kickstart that process, situated near the attractions of the Northern Quarter, city centre shops and transport interchanges.
No parking will be included, with guests largely expected to use nearby Shudehill Interchange.
The application follows approval of a 458-apartment skyscraper across on the nearby corner of Rochdale Road, part of the NOMA development, as well as draft plans for a range of new apartments around Angel Meadows.