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Major New Hotel For MCR: Indigo With Marco Pierre White

New 187 room hotel and Marco Pierre White restaurant to be built upon landmark Manchester site

Written by . Published on December 6th 2013.

Major New Hotel For MCR: Indigo With Marco Pierre White

A NEW hotel featuring an Italian American fusion restaurant by Marco Pierre White is to be built on Corporation Street in the city centre. This is a plan that has been on hold for a couple of years. 

“This will be a very successful hotel in a prime central location”

The hotel is proposed for the landmark site at the back of Urbis and next to Victoria Station. The building itself is a Grade II listed building dating back to 1834 according to the developer. It was one of Manchester’s first commercial office buildings built for multiple lettings rather than for one particular company.

Indigo Hotel and Marco’s Manchester is to offer four star accommodation for £90 a night and looks set to benefit from the surrounding area's annual footfall of 6.6 million. The hotel will also feature six premium suites available on the top floor amongst 187 rooms across the building. 

The circular shaped tower will be 13 storeys high and the building will feature triangular shaped rooms. Think large Dairylea cheese triangles filled with distinctive and individual furniture. The architects are 3DReid, the fine folk who designed the nearby One Angel Square

According to Mike Hitchmough of 3DReid the design refers to the location. "Across the road is Balloon Street where James Sadler made Manchester's first balloon ascent in the 1780s. The actual location was from a garden next to the site of the hotel. The circular shape of the balloon inspired the design."

Sadler's Balloon

Sadler's Balloon

Investment is still being sought for the new venture by the InterContinental Hotels group but construction is guaranteed to begin in the first quarter of 2014. Hotel development company Sanguine Hospitality Ltd is working alongside Investment Fund Managers Tritax and Bespoke Capital Management LLP to secure investment and proceed with plans for the new hotel and restaurant.

“Outside of London, Manchester is the most buoyant hotel market in the UK, with both a strong business and leisure market," said Nick Taplin, managing director of Sanguine Hospitality. "This will be a very successful hotel in a prime central location. Investment opportunities of this kind are few and far between in Manchester.”

If you want to invest, you'll need a minimum of £20,000, and you can view the opportunity here.

Manchester's Corporation Street where the new Hotel Indigo will openManchester's Corporation Street where the new Hotel Indigo will open

Context Elevation - IndigoContext Elevation - Indigo

Third floor plan - IndigoThird floor plan - Indigo

Indigo proposalIndigo proposal

Hotel Indigo - VictoriaHotel Indigo - Victoria





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12 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Jonathan MoranDecember 6th 2013.

All for seeing new businesses open in the city but I read a comment on this site recently that the occupancy rate currently is very low? Do we need more hotels or is it just our current crop are not fit for purpose.

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DrakeDecember 6th 2013.

According to Marketing Manchester, occupancy is at a record high. However, with another thousand or more rooms online in the next three years, how long it'll stay that way will be interesting

Jonathan SchofieldDecember 6th 2013.

Jonathan, occupancy levels in Manchester have never been higher. It's a remarkable success story.

Jonathan MoranDecember 6th 2013.

Ok, I am happy to be corrected if that is the case. It was a comment by someone on here so did take it with a pinch of salt! I'm sure they'll be on to a winner in that location- printworks/MEN etc

AnonymousDecember 6th 2013.

They haven't appointed a contractor yet...

AnonymousDecember 6th 2013.

Been talk of it for ages and NOTHING happening..Was meant to be started already?That corner is one of THE most depressing in town....

AnonymousDecember 6th 2013.

13 floors? Lucky? What is ITALIAN American design?

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GimboidDecember 6th 2013.

Learn to read Anon, the food will be Italian American, not the architecture.

AnonymousDecember 8th 2013.

roughly translates as YAFI

Poster BoyDecember 6th 2013.

They haven't appointed a contractor because they haven't been able to raise the equity to build it. Hence Sanguine selling out earlier this year, and now this press release. And yet another Marco franchise, this time a steakhouse...

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ShuttyDecember 6th 2013.

I believe Balfour Beatty have signed an £18m contract to build this- Sce: TheBusinessDesk.com

SoapysudsDecember 10th 2013.

The occupancy rate for Manchester's where at 97% for one particular day, and they are normally in the 70%. There is no need for more hotels, office buildings or retail units. This is more of 'The Emperor's clothes', and will ultimately end in disaster for we Mancunians.

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