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Old November 5th, 2006, 08:49 PM   #81
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This is looking very promising.
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Old November 6th, 2006, 04:10 PM   #82
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Macdonald have now submitted plans for the whole of the building to be converted to 4* hotel use (338 bedrooms) rather than the previous two applications which proposed a mixed hotel / office use. I would have liked to have seen a mix of uses being maintained.
I personally think this is a strong endorsement of Manchester's buoyant economy. Only the third city centre hotel in the 300+ club.

So far only Midland and Britannia have more than 300 rooms, MacDonald with 338 rooms would be the 2nd biggest hotel in the city (behind Britannia).

This is certainly an area on the up and I'm sure office space will follow on nearby plots. In fact I wonder if we will ever see another proposal for the scrub land directly across London Road. I was always a little disappointed that the proposed biotech lab never made it past the drawing board. I liked the way the curve matched the BT building.
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Old November 22nd, 2006, 02:18 PM   #83
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Another application has been validated today for the Sleeperz hotel site, amendments?
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Erection of new 91 bedroom hotel with ancillary facilities (inlcuding breakfast room, meeting rooms, refuse store and cycle store) and the environmental improvement of Wyre Street and parts of Cotswold Street and including the closure of Cotswold Street.
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Old November 22nd, 2006, 03:04 PM   #84
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Another application has been validated today for the Sleeperz hotel site, amendments?
Oh good. It's a great design.
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Old December 12th, 2006, 05:58 PM   #85
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GROWTH: Macdonald Manchester Hotel

MANCHESTER'S booming hotel business will continue to grow in 2007, with plans for 400 new beds.

Growth in both domestic and international visitor numbers is driving the expansion, say experts.

According to research by Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels, the number of hotel beds in the city is now close to 8,000, with supply growing by six per cent this year.

However, demand for Manchester hotel rooms is so strong that prices are not likely to fall.

In fact, experts say Manchester's high occupancy levels combined with a strong events industry will mean hoteliers are likely to increase room rates.

These predictions come just weeks after Scottish leisure group Macdonald Hotels announced it is investing more than £30m in a 215-bedroom site in the former BT building on London Road, near Piccadilly station. It is due to open in October 2007.

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In October, analysis by business advisors PKF showed Manchester is one of the most profitable places in the UK to open a hotel. Income from hotel rooms in the city is growing, with the return on investment rising at 6 per cent a year.

This compares well with locations such as Leeds and Birmingham, where yields are either growing more slowly or falling fast.

The supply of budget, mid-price and four-star hotel places is already growing fast. A new 75-bed Sleeperz hotel is to be built on land owned by Network Rail opposite Piccadilly station.

In a separate move AMEC Developments and Crosby Homes plc announced a £27m scheme which will see the construction of a Crowne Plaza hotel in the successful mixed-use scheme Smithfield. The four-star deluxe hotel, due to open in July 2008, will incorporate 228 luxury bedrooms, including the city's largest presidential suite.

Graham Dodd, senior vice-president at Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels, said: "Existing supply in the city is healthy with a choice of 67 hotels and 7,892 bedrooms - the majority of which are 4-star.

"There are various developments under construction and many of these are in the 4 and 5-star category with less new supply planned for the budget sector. When completed this will bring an additional 1,291 rooms to the city over the next few years."

Jonathan Mills, director of investment at Jones Lang LaSalle in Manchester, said: "This research demonstrates the strength of the hotel market in Manchester. This success could be increased if the Casino Advisory Panel decides to locate the UK's first regional super casino at SportCity."
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Old December 12th, 2006, 07:07 PM   #86
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Crowne Plaza hotel in the successful mixed-use scheme Smithfield. The four-star deluxe hotel, due to open in July 2008, will incorporate 228 luxury bedrooms, including the city's largest presidential suite
Man, miller st, swan st, and the rest of rochdale rd had better get its ass in gear.
Cant imagin many 'Presidents' wanting to stay round there.
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Old December 19th, 2006, 09:55 PM   #87
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Rescued hotel looks on to Spendid future
SALFORD MP Hazel Blears opened the city's new Holiday Inn - the former Whitehouse in Liverpool Street - which the Splendid Hotel Group has taken out of receivership, saving 35 jobs.

The company has put £1.5m into refurbishing the hotel and intends to invest another £3.5m. Plans are for 68 extra guest bedrooms and enhanced conference facilities with space for up to 150 people.

The Splendid group operates the Holiday Inn, Comfort Inn, Best Western and Express by Holiday Inn brands.
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Old December 19th, 2006, 10:19 PM   #88
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That building is absolutely vile.
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Old December 20th, 2006, 12:25 AM   #89
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That building is absolutely vile.
It was built by a builder who also built a hotel in Bel Vue both called Diamonds. He sold this one a few years ago. I know a guy that worked in the hotels and they are built so badly and have thin walls and the whole building is very poor quality.
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Old December 20th, 2006, 05:13 PM   #90
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Don't know if these images have been seen yet?

Sleeperz.

A triangular site adjacent to Manchester's Piccadilly station is to be completely occupied by a new hotel. The complicated plan is structured with an in-situ cast reinforced concrete frame with offset columns and transfer beams laced around a variety of bespoke spaces.
Special attention has been paid to the acoustic insulation of the building. The frame is isolated on tuned spring bearings. Fully pre-fabricated cladding will avoid scaffolding adjacent to the train lines.









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Old December 20th, 2006, 08:01 PM   #91
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I thought this was supposed to have started in November, do you know if the start is imminent jrb? Thanks for your great input generally by the way, just a shame your a blue!
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Old December 20th, 2006, 08:05 PM   #92
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One of my fellow heritage nazis absolutely despises this but i had to disagree with him. i thinks its coooool man!
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Old December 20th, 2006, 08:48 PM   #93
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That looks very very cool. One of the coolest buildings for Manchester I have ever seen.
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Old December 21st, 2006, 12:45 PM   #94
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Lowry to be sold

Whats the true implications of this then?

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Forte's Lowry cash will fund Euro-expansion
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YOURS FOR £50M: Sir Rocco Forte is set to sell the Lowry HotelSIR Rocco Forte has put his luxury Lowry Hotel in Salford on the market and plans to use the sale proceeds to fund expansion in Europe.

Experts say the five-star Lowry could fetch up to £50m, and predict the most likely buyer will be an investment fund rather than a rival hotel chain or wealthy individual.

Although Rocco Forte Hotels is selling the Lowry, it will continue to manage the property on a long-term contract and retain its branding.

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The move mirrors a market trend, started in the United States and followed in the UK, for hotel companies to sell their property assets and focus on operations.

Along with the Lowry, Rocco Forte is selling its St David's Hotel & Spa in Cardiff.

Sir Rocco said: "These sale and manage-back transactions will allow us to continue to build on the success of The Lowry and The St David's, while freeing up funds for our continued expansion on mainland Europe."

Property agent Christie & Co is handling the sale and will market the hotels in the new year.

Rocco Forte has hotels across Europe and is to open sites in Munich next spring, followed by ones in Prague and the Verdura resort in Sicily in 2008.

The Lowry is ranked as the best UK business hotel outside London, and was last week named as one of the best hotels in the world by Forbes Magazine, while head chef Eyck Zimmer has been crowned Chef of the Year.

It cost around £30m to build, at Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, on the bank of the River Irwell.

Warehousing

The Lowry, constructed on a site previously used for warehousing, was the area's first five-star hotel when it opened in April, 2001.

It has 165 bedrooms, banqueting for up to 330 people, function rooms, conference suites, a business centre, bar, restaurant, library and spa facilities.

Guests have included pop stars Kylie Minogue, Beyonce, Robbie Williams, Justin Timberlake and Bono, the England soccer squad, and Tony Blair. The hotel employs 240 staff.

A spokesman said: "As far as customers and staff are concerned, it will be business as usual."

Jennifer Viloria, the head of hotel research at accountants PKF, said the likeliest buyer was an investment fund.

"The sale is following a trend," she said. "It's called an 'asset-light strategy', where hotel groups sell the property assets but keep the focus on operations.

"Demand for five-star hotels in Manchester is not as strong as somewhere such as London, but the Lowry is trading well and is a strong brand. Sir Rocco Forte knows what he is doing."
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Old December 21st, 2006, 11:09 PM   #95
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City Park hotel scheme approved.

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Land To East Of Cheetham Hill Road At Junction Of Cheetham Hill Road And New Bridge Street
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Erection of seven storey building (including plant enclosure) comprising hotel with 252 bedrooms, associated conference, restaurant and leisure facilities. Provision of 20 car parking spaces at basement level with access from Fernie Street. Creation of vehicular access off Cheetham Hill Road

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Old December 24th, 2006, 02:23 PM   #96
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Sir Alex and Simon Cowell buy palace together...



THE property fund backed by Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United manager, and Simon Cowell, the music impresario, has wrapped up its biggest deal just days before Christmas, lifting the value of its portfolio above £1 billion for the first time, writes Jenny Davey.

Alternative Asset Investment Management (AAIM) is understood to have struck a deal with Permira, the private-equity firm, to buy six four-star hotels in the Principal chain for £290m. The hotels have been acquired as part of a 25-year sale-and-leaseback deal with Permira, which snapped up the chain in September from Royal Bank of Scotland.

The portfolio comprises the Russell in London, the George in Edinburgh, the Royal York in York, the Met in Leeds, the Palace in Manchester, pictured, and Selsdon Park in Croydon.

Principal, which competes in the upper mid-market of the hotel sector, has a total of 1,310 bedrooms and a strong focus on conferences, with 80 meeting rooms that can accommodate more than 7,000 delegates.

The hotel purchase is being carried out using the Symmetry fund joint venture that AAIM set up with Bank of Scotland in October to spend £2 billion on European property. In October AAIM teamed up with Robert Tchenguiz, the property tycoon, to buy Menzies, the regional hotel chain, for £190m.

The hotel spending spree forms part of a plan by AAIM to act as a consolidator in Britain’s provincial four-star market. The transaction with Permira is just one of a flurry of pre-Christmas deals for AAIM. It has also refinanced its investment in the British headquarters of the electronics firm JVC at Staples Corner, north London, with HSH Nordbank, the German bank.

The refinancing has created a bonanza for its investors, earning them three times their original money in three years while retaining their original investment in the building.

Since AAIM was launched in January 2003, it claims to have generated an average return of more than 80%, amid soaring commercial- property values that have squeezed rental yields to record lows.
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Old December 27th, 2006, 08:39 AM   #97
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Greetings from Barquisimeto,Venezuela
I'm Man Utd Fan

GLORY,GLORY ,GLORY MAN UTD
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You couldn't make it up.
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Taken yesterday.

City Inn.

BTW. Does anybody else think there's a bit to much 'battleship grey' starting to appear in and around the city centre?







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