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Yes I did, it was way to big and overpowering though for the area, although the huge glass atrium did look good, I can see why it got redesigned quite a few times before the design we have now is in for planning.
 

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Travelodge plans £30m investment in five hotels - 150 new jobs

November 04, 2011

Budget hotel chain Travelodge is looking to step up its programme of openings across Greater Manchester and has earmarked five areas for new sites, chief executive Guy Parsons said today.

Property agents are seeking locations in Spinningfields, Old Trafford, Sale, Worsley and Prestwich for the next phase of the group's expansion.

The new hotels would represent a total investment of more than £30m and would create about 150 jobs.

Mr Parsons unveiled the plans as he attended the official opening of two hotels – one near the MEN Arena and one on Upper Brook Street next to Manchester University. The 200-room Manchester Central Arena Travelodge, built at cost of £9.9m, stands on the site of the old Boddingtons Brewery.

Travelodge polled 5,000 Britons to nominate their favourite artist or band from Manchester and the top 12 have each had a wing named after them at the six-storey hotel.

They are Oasis, Take That, The Smiths, Stone Roses, The Hollies, The Verve, Gary Barlow, Simply Red, Joy Division, New Order, Elbow and The Chemical Brothers. The Upper Brook Street hotel has cost £4.4m to develop while a third Travelodge, at Salford Quays, is due to open later this month.

By the end of this year, Travelodge will have 11 hotels and 1,255 rooms across Manchester.

Two more sites, in Altrincham and Piccadilly Gardens, are scheduled to open in 2012.

Mr Parsons said: “Although we have rapidly expanded in Manchester this year, we are not a company that sits on its laurels.

“With nearly 100 million domestic and international visitors annually coming to Manchester, there is a real, growing need for good-quality, low-cost accommodation across the city.

“Therefore we are working very closely with our local retained property agents Jenics to find new sites across the city. Our target locations are Old Trafford, Sale, Worsley, Spinningfields and Prestwich.

“By attracting new visitors to the city by offering rooms from £19, we will boost the local economy by £8m as our research shows the average Travelodge customer will spend an average £36 a day in local shops, restaurants and bars during their stay.”
http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereve...-30m-investment-in-five-hotels---150-new-jobs

Finally some word on the long deleayed Travelodge for Piccadilly Gardens, they are going to have to start pretty soon though for it to open in 2012, I think it could be quite a long refurbishment and redevelopment of that building.
 

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Which building is it Flange? I think I remember seeing it a while ago, is it that amusement arcade on the other side the gardens from City Tower?
 

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Here you go Voldie.

It is certainly going to improve this area of Piccadilly Gardens.



http://garnettnetherwood.com/travelodge_projects.html
A few more renders of the new Travelodge at Piccadilly Gardens, from the planning documents.

http://pa.manchester.gov.uk/online-...iveTab=externalDocuments&keyVal=KR5BE3BC00300





The whole scheme is already pre let to Travelodge, with ASK, Nandos and Waitrose apparently taking retail space on the ground floor.
 

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Here you go Voldie.

The whole scheme is already pre let to Travelodge, with ASK, Nandos and Waitrose apparently taking retail space on the ground floor.
Thanks Flange. As you said in your quote, it'll definitely change that side of Piccadilly Gardens.

Chogmook, they'll say it's in Worsley when it's most likely going to be in Boothstown, or Walkden :lol:
 

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this has been on the cards since Jolan Piccadilly won their case in April; and its good that it indeed looks to be proceeding on schedule.

Game over as Nobles Amusements to be evicted from Piccadilly arcade

Noble Amusements has failed in its court battle to stop the £10m redevelopment of its landmark Piccadilly site

Landmark Manchester city centre arcade Nobles Amusements has lost its battle to stay in its Piccadilly base.

A High Court judge threw out a legal claim challenging a £10m revamp of the building to house a new Travelodge hotel, a Waitrose store, as well as branches of ASK and Nandos restaurants.

The project at 19-31 Piccadilly was given planning permission in January but was put on hold after a family row threatened to derail it.

The dispute erupted between the owner of the five-storey building’s freehold and one of its tenants – both members of the same family.

Bosses of landmark gaming arcade Noble Amusements – one of the building’s tenants and run by the Piccadilly company – were furious that they would be evicted to make way for the new firms and asked the High Court for an order preventing it from being kicked out until at least 2022.

But Mr Justice Morgan rejected the challenge – granting freehold owners Jolan Piccadilly permission to terminate the tenancy and allowing the redevelopment to go ahead.

The row started after the £100m-plus Noble Group leisure and property business, run by brothers Michael and Philip Noble, was broken up after Michael’s death in 2006.

Half of the assets went to Philip and the rest went to Michael’s widow Gill.

The agreement saw Gill become owner of the freehold of 19-31 Piccadilly and Philip became tenant of the ground floor, running Noble Amusements – one of the most profitable parts of the company.

Jolan Piccadilly – Gill’s company – claims that the redevelopment will quadruple the value of the complex, currently estimated at £5m.

Mr Justice Morgan also rejected a claim by Piccadilly that Jolan Piccadilly does not have a genuine intention of carrying out the redevelopment, due to concerns about its profitability.

He said: "The landlord has a firm settled intention unlikely to be changed to carry out the proposed scheme."

The High Court was told that conditional lease agreements have already been struck with Travelodge, Waitrose, ASK and Nandos
 

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THE Holiday Inn Express which opened on Manchester's Oxford Road corridor last year has won an award for its design.



The wedge-shaped building, uilt on the site of a for Spar store with empty office space above, has won the Brick Development Association's award for Best Commercial Building.

The 147-bed hotel, operated by Zinnia Manchester Hotels and built by Russells Construction, had been nominated by Michelmersh Brick Holdings.
It makes the distinctive Blockleys Smooth Black brick in which the 12-storey building is clad.

It has been designed to completent the industrial aesthetic of nearby structures, particularly the nearby railway arches of Oxford Road train station.

Andrew Russell, managing director of Russells Construction, said: “It’s great to see one of our projects win an award, and it’s particularly satisfying that this is for the brickwork element of the Holiday Inn which was extremely tricky considering the challenges the site posed in terms of access and space.

"The whole team did a great job in delivering a stunning building and I’m delighted their expertise has been recognised."
 

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I used to live across the park from Phillip Noble in Gosforth, albeit him in a huge mansion and me in a 1930s semi.

Glad that it has been sorted out though, it will be a real improvement to that side of Piccadilly and stop it feeling so much like skid row.
 

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Shit the bed! :lol: If the Smith's ever got back together and did a few home coming concerts in Manny, I would rent my house out and use the money to buy a couple of concert tickets. (see below)

Manchester Confidential.

Manchester's Hotels: Smelling Of Roses

200% price hikes on some hotel room rates for Stone Roses' gigs

RECENTLY CONFIDENTIAL was intrigued by a quote from the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. This was concerning the economic benefit of the 2012 Stone Roses' gigs to the city.

In the mid-market, Jurys Inn wanted £280 for the stay, compared to the £95 it was quoting in a week's time.

Brian Sloan, chief economist at the Chamber, told the MEN: “Hotels will have 100 per cent occupancy and although it’s difficult to know for sure, I’d say we will be looking at least £23m.”

That sounds a bit imprecise for an economist (or maybe that’s always how they talk). But £23m amounts to around £100 spend per person, over and above the £55 ticket price they've already paid.

So how have Manchester hotels reacted to this potential windfall?

Predictably.

They slammed up the prices.

We asked more than twenty city centre hotels, anonymously, how much it would cost on the Saturday night of the Roses’ gigs - 30 June, 2012 - for a double room. We then compared that figure with quotes we got for the weekend of 12 November this year.

Remember we got these figures ringing up as regular punters, not as a media group. We wanted to get the reply that the average punter would get, one without any excuses that might have been made to us as writers.

So this is what we found.

If you want to stay five-star to watch the Heaton Park resurrection, you'll need to find £429 to take a room only (probably because they’ve only got suites left) at the Lowry Hotel - we were quoted £152 to 12 November. The Radisson was offering a rate of £227 - a smaller increase on the average weekend rate of £184.

Staying at the top end, The Midland Hotel was asking for £339, despite a room being available for £160 next weekend; and the Macdonald Hotel, which only had twin rooms, was asking for £195 - almost twice its average weekend rate of £107.

The Palace Hotel had bumped its rate up from an average of £85 to £216 for the gig, and The Crowne Plaza on Shudehill is already fully-booked and so didn’t have a price.

In the mid-market, Jurys Inn wanted £280 for the stay, compared to the £95 it was quoting in a week's time. Wow.

The Britannia on Portland Street was looking for £325 for a two night minimum stay, way above usual deals which can dip as low as £59 per night.

Three of The Stone Roses contemplate where to stay in June. Maybe one with a hairdressers


The Thistle on Portland Street quoted us £189 for the Stone Roses 2012 gig period, instead of its usual £81.

Boutique hotels such as The Great John Street Hotel was charging £270, compared to its average rate of £106 and Abode only have deluxe rooms available, which will set Roses fans back £215 - but that's only a fiver more than they normally go for.

At the budget end of the market, Sacha's Hotel was asking for £149 - although it often asks £129 on an average weekend. Through the week, it sells rooms for as little as £39.

The Travelodge on Blackfriars is fully booked and the hotel on Great Ancoats Street was quoting £75, about the same as its usual rate. The Upper Brook Street version wanted £119 on Roses' night.

The Premier Inn on Oxford Road was asking £141, against the £67 it wanted on Saturday. Not surprisingly, the Premier Inn Heaton Park was already fully booked. The Renaissance Hotel on Blackfriars pushed its average weekend rate up from £139 to £180.

That's that.

It's clear each hotel seems to have taken its own individual stance.

Still some of the leaps in tariffs came as a shock, such as Jurys Inn lifting its prices from £90 to £280.

It also shows how Brian Sloan of the Chamber can guess at a £23m injection into the local economy emanating from a group of old fogies rocking it hard in Heaton Park. It makes you wonder if he isn’t being a bit cautious.

But are hikes of more than 100 per cent or even 200 per cent justified?

London hoteliers have been criticised for potentially pricing out regular tourists during the 2012 Olympics with ridiculous price increases during the Games. Indeed official figures now predict a fall in numbers of London tourists visiting the city during the big running, jumping, throwing festival.

Stephen Miles, the General Manager of The Radisson Edwardian, doesn’t think price rises during times of high demand are wrong at all.

“Every business will try to yield to its maximum in every walk of life and not just in the hotel trade. Peak occasions need to be maximised. This happens in Manchester not just for the Stone Roses either, it’s the same with United home matches, with European games, the Take That concerts. We have to maximise revenues where we can.,” he says.

“The hotel trade, in particular, in the UK outside London is all about peaks and troughs,” he continues. “We have to take advantage of popular occasions to make up for shortfalls elsewhere in the year. Remember in Manchester you can great deals on many nights of the year.”

Put like that it’s hard to disagree with him.

The automatic shock horror media approach here should have been 'how dare they' with loads of exclamation marks and the oft-repeated cliche of 'rip-off Britain'.

But we thought about it again. Excluding one or two examples of excess here, isn't it entirely sensible of hotels to get the most they can from the Roses' windfall.

Supply and demand after all.

Have you ever had a bratwurst from the Christmas Markets? Are they really worth £3.50 or £4? Probably not, but still the crowds come. Meanwhile overpricing in the outlets in the MEN Arena has become an art form.

In fact given the economic benefits, especially to hotels, maybe the Manchester Hotel Association should be looking to encourage other major Manchester bands to get back together.

Get The Smiths up on stage again with the original line-up and there would be no rooms left at any inn anywhere in the North West.
 

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Newbie here, but love this forum and been watching the North West (and NE) sections for a while. Thought this image might fit nicely in this thread. Still a bit of land cleared for development over at Pollard Street / Eastbank area.
 

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Propertyweek.

Clicked on the article as I assumed it mentioned Manchester. Nothing until the very end. Quote.

Following the opening of Starwood’s first UK Aloft-branded hotel in London last week, the hotel operator is looking to expand the brand across the country.


Starwood has opened the 252-bedroom Aloft London Excel in the Docklands area of London which is the first hotel to have direct links into the ExCel international exhibition and convention centre.

The London hotel is the second Aloft hotel in Europe following the opening of the Aloft Brussels Schuman in September 2010.

Michael Wale, Starwood’s regional director of operations in Northwest Europe, told Property Week that the mid-market ‘limited services’ brand “is a great brand for secondary and tertiary cities in Europe.”

Wale said he was keen to secure Aloft hotels in cities including Glasgow, Birmingham, Newcastle, Liverpool and smaller towns including Cheltenham and Chelmsford.

Aloft is aiming to target design-conscious consumers with an affordable, modern hotel, where rooms cost £120 a night.

Starwood is currently in negotiations with developers but no specific sites have been agreed.

Starwood also launched its first W Hotel in London in February and Wale added: “There is no reason why we shouldn’t have more than one W in London. London is a city where we want more W hotels and I would certainly go East if the right location came up, we would do somewhere like Shoreditch.”

Manchester would also be a great city for a W”, he added.
 

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Propertyweek.

Clicked on the article as I assumed it mentioned Manchester. Nothing until the very end. Quote.

Following the opening of Starwood’s first UK Aloft-branded hotel in London last week, the hotel operator is looking to expand the brand across the country.


Starwood has opened the 252-bedroom Aloft London Excel in the Docklands area of London which is the first hotel to have direct links into the ExCel international exhibition and convention centre.

The London hotel is the second Aloft hotel in Europe following the opening of the Aloft Brussels Schuman in September 2010.

Michael Wale, Starwood’s regional director of operations in Northwest Europe, told Property Week that the mid-market ‘limited services’ brand “is a great brand for secondary and tertiary cities in Europe.”

Wale said he was keen to secure Aloft hotels in cities including Glasgow, Birmingham, Newcastle, Liverpool and smaller towns including Cheltenham and Chelmsford.

Aloft is aiming to target design-conscious consumers with an affordable, modern hotel, where rooms cost £120 a night.

Starwood is currently in negotiations with developers but no specific sites have been agreed.

Starwood also launched its first W Hotel in London in February and Wale added: “There is no reason why we shouldn’t have more than one W in London. London is a city where we want more W hotels and I would certainly go East if the right location came up, we would do somewhere like Shoreditch.”

Manchester would also be a great city for a W”, he added.
I think we all knew Manchester would be ideal for a W hotel , when they announced it 3 years ago , then reneged on the deal with the recession !
 

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Little more on the Gateway house development.

£35m hotel plan for Piccadilly

A £35m revamp of the curvy 1960s block alongside Piccadilly station is set to bring a new 270-bed hotel to Manchester city centre.

The new designs submitted designs for Gateway House also include a restaurant and bar, retail space and meeting rooms.

The building was formerly occupied by NHS North West before the organisation moved to offices at Piccadilly Gardens.

The plans also feature a three-storey gym on the site and a new block on Ducie Street containing seven floors of office space.

It is hoped the new building will create a better first impression of Manchester. More than 20 million people pass the site every year, according to designers.

They plan to use tiny bulbs to light up the converted property, claiming it will make it the ‘largest piece of public artwork in the city’.

Manchester architects Hodder & Partners won a competition for the redesign in 2009 and a planning application has now been submitted to the town hall.

The nine-storey complex – with an iconic sweeping curved glass frontage – was first developed as part of a refurbishment of Piccadilly Station in the 1960s and was completed in 1965.

The development is near London Road fire station – which the council is currently battling to buy with a compulsory purchase order and turn into a four-star hotel. But owners, Hale-based Britannia, is fighting the order saying it already has its own plans for a hotel.

http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereve...rss=yes&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
 

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Confirmation of the Mint Hotels refurbishment and rebrand.

Mint Hotels to be rebranded after sale to US group

16th November 2011

By Duncan Tift - Deputy Editor, West Midlands

MINT Hotels, the eight-strong chain with bases in Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and London, is to undergo rebranding following its £600m sale to US private equity company Blackstone.

The deal, announced in September, is one of the biggest in the hotels market in Europe since 2007. Blackstone also owns the Hilton Group.

The sale saw the Orr family sever its ties to the business and following a review of the operation Blackstone has agreed that Hilton Worldwide will take over the management contract of the Mint group.

In conjunction with this, all the sites have been rebranded.

The Birmingham site will be known as Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham Brindley Place.

The remainder of the group is:

Amsterdam - DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Central Station
Tower of London - DoubleTree by Hilton London - Tower of London
Westminster - DoubleTree by Hilton London - Westminster
Manchester - DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Piccadilly
Leeds - DoubleTree by Hilton Leeds City Centre
Glasgow - Hilton Garden Inn Glasgow City Centre
Bristol - Hilton Garden Inn Bristol City Centre

The rebrand will take place over the next few months.
http://www.thebusinessdesk.com/westmidlands/news/

http://doubletree1.hilton.com/en_US...y-Hilton-Hotel-Manchester-Piccadilly/index.do
 
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