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City news in 250 words: Wednesday 9 June

Fire station to four star hotel, Manchester to Miami and the Hilton to the court room

Published on June 9th 2010.

City news in 250 words: Wednesday 9 June

FROM FIRE STATION TO HOTEL? Plans to transform the former fire station on London Road into a four star Britannia Hotel, have been submitted to the council. Manchester City Council has been urging the company to sell up, arguing that the building has been left empty for too long. However Britannia has lodged plans to create a 227-bed hotel, bar, restaurant and function space within the building. A decision on the application is expected by the end of August, but in the meantime the council will push ahead with attempts to buy the site.

MANCHESTER BUSINESS SCHOOL IN MIAMI: Manchester Business School is the largest campus-based business and management school in the UK and now they plan to open a campus in the US city of Miami. The new campus will offer part-time MBA courses to 30 Florida-based students from September followed by 600 places annually within the next three years for international business students.

HILTON HOOLIGANS: Two men who wrecked a room at Manchester’s Hilton Hotel after getting ‘disgustingly drunk’ on a lads night out, have been spared jail and the £35,000 repair bill. Mark Kenny, 36, and David Goggin, 30, wrecked the 16th floor suite last September. One of the building’s windows had been broken and blood and vomit soiled the walls, bedding and carpet amongst other things. Their lawyer disputed how much the damage would cost the Hilton and instead, Judge Gilbart fined them £1,000 each plus £290 each to the hotel to cover the cleaning.

Out of the window weather forecast: Eat oily fish and eggs today because you won't be getting any vitamin D from sunlight, that's for sure.

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mike15366June 9th 2010.

Don't Britannia run the Adelphi in Liverpool and Sachas in Manchester? If so shouldn't they look to repairing the dumps that they already have instead of looking to build more places that will fall into disrepair?

J E SibberingJune 9th 2010.

Britannia won't turn London Road Fire Station into a hotel, it's yet another delaying tactic.

Charlie ButterworthJune 9th 2010.

This is a ruse probably to keep ownership by Britannia. They are a nightmare who've killed a great building through neglect. Nothing will come of this, it's a stalling tactic.

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