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REVEALED: Radisson's New Restaurants & Rooftop Bar

Five-star hotel's revered manager, Stephen Miles, talks Confidential through their ambitious plans

Written by . Published on December 18th 2014.

REVEALED: Radisson's New Restaurants & Rooftop Bar

THE RADISSON Blu Edwardian hotel on Peter Street - one of only two five-star hotels in the central areas of the city - is poised to launch two new restaurants and a rooftop bar in 2015/16. This is part of an ambitious multi-million pound investment in the Free Trade Hall site.

The as-yet-untitled restaurant and bar will be plonked seventeen-floors high on the roof of a brand new luxury residential development to be constructed at the south-side of the Theatre Royal

The Radisson's current Opus One bar and restaurant will be replaced by the Manchester Kitchen - a new concept for the Manchester Radisson fashioned after the Mayfair Kitchen restaurant at the Edwardian Group's famous Mayfair Hotel in London's West End.

The Mayfair Kitchen is a DIY affair: choose from steak, lamb, veal, sole, oysters, pig cheeks, lobster and so on from the grill and take your pick of fancy sides. We expect The Manchester Kitchen to be of a similar ilk.

Still, we could be way off the mark, Stephen Miles, esteemed General Manager at the Peter Street hotel for the past decade, is giving little away.

Opus One

Opus One

"Opus is in such a fantastic space," Miles told Confidential. "We're going to open the whole room out with a theatre kitchen to create the much grander Manchester Kitchen.

"The concept and the chef we'll reveal closer to the time."

The new restaurant will form the basis of the £1m phase one development of the Radisson's ground floor, which will also include a renovation of the lobby and a revamp of the popular Steak and Lobster restaurant at the back of the hotel on Windmill Street.

Subject to planning approval, the Manchester Kitchen and the rest of phase one should be ready to go as early as March 2015.

Steak and Lobster, Windmill StreetSteak and Lobster, Windmill Street

Phase two of development - costing between £5m to £6m - will see Radisson add twenty 'deluxe rooms' and a 10,000 sq ft 'super suite' to the rear of the hotel by the end of 2015.

The Radisson's second new restaurant and accompanying rooftop bar is a far more ambitious and pricey proposition.

The as-yet-untitled restaurant and bar will be plonked seventeen-floors high on the roof of a brand new luxury residential development to be constructed at the south-side of the Theatre Royal (1845) - which the Radisson Blu Edwardian group purchased in 2012.

(Confidential revealed the plans for the Theatre Royal back in March 2014 - You can also read Jonathan Schofield's history of the Theatre Royal here).

Theatre Royal, Peter StreetTheatre Royal, Peter Street

The new restaurant and bar will be the jewel in the crown of a huge phase three investment by the hotel group, which will see a 800-seater conference and ballroom space built inside the Theatre Royal and 60-70 luxury apartments in the new seventeen-storey residential tower on Windmill Street (the new tower should fall just short of the Great Northern Tower's 72 metres).

Radisson intend to build an underground tunnel and an overground walkway linking the Free Trade Hall and the Theatre Royal. Miles also hinted that the Council were keen for the Radisson's development to include an overground link to the Manchester Central convention centre.

Phase three should be done and dusted by the close of 2016. All plans are subject to planning approval.

View of the Radisson Hotel (left) and back of the Theatre Royal (right) taken from Manchester CentralView of the Radisson Hotel (left) and back of the Theatre Royal (right) taken from Manchester Central

A walkway could be constructed to link the hotel (left) with the Theatre Royal (right)A walkway could be constructed to link the hotel (left) with the Theatre Royal (right)

"We're hoping to create an urban resort," Miles told us, "taking inspiration from the the Ivy urban resort project in Sydney. We've even drafted in the same architect - Woods Bagot - to deliver our vision."

Woods Bagot's Ivy in Sydney is an integrated complex of bars, restaurants, shopping and leisure which includes a huge ballroom space and a sunken garden.

"This is a fantatsic opportunity for the city too," Miles continued. "Building this kind of project and creating such an amazing complex right in the city centre will attract types of businesses that Manchester may not have before."


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

AnonymousDecember 19th 2014.

The city centre's becoming one huge hotel quarter.

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DarrenDecember 19th 2014.

There are a lot of hotels in the pipeline but the demand is there for them.

AnonymousDecember 19th 2014.

Yeah, fancy a city centre with growing demand for hotels building more hotels, eh Anon!

Calum McGDecember 19th 2014.

This is a superb proposal. About time the TR was given much love.

AnonymousDecember 20th 2014.

Ahhh...the default ManCon response as usual. It's not about the changing skyline. My concern is that since '96 Manchester might be losing [or has lost] some of it's cultural identity. We should be proud of our past, but of course not live the past. That doesn't mean we me should only look forward and demand the shiny and new, but instead preserve and share the Mancunian attitude with the world. The city is not about hotels, bars, restaurants and Christmas markets.

AnonymousDecember 19th 2014.

And a huge apartment quarter, and a huge restaurant quarter, it's growing basically, what do you expect?

Poster BoyDecember 19th 2014.

At last, a building owner in the City Centre acts without provincial influence, and employs a world class architect.

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AnonymousDecember 19th 2014.

Woods bagot are far from world class. They're big, but that's it.

rinkydinkDecember 19th 2014.

I've had a look at their website. They've built all over the world. There is some impressive stuff

AnonymousDecember 19th 2014.

I'll believe it when I see it. I'm convinced they only bought this theatre to stop a rival hotel from opening there. They've sat on it for two years already and it's looking worse by the day. I was in Brewdog talking to a couple who commented on how run down it was looking round there on Peter Street pointing to this building as an example. They could at least put a Radisson development coming soon sign on it or something.

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Calum McGDecember 19th 2014.

It's been a shit tip. This project WILL happen. Don't ask me how I know. But I know.

rinkydinkDecember 19th 2014.

It's a shame the 50+ story Intercontinental didn't get built here. Still, they could always buy London Road Fire Station and put the tower in the middle of that...?

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AnonymousDecember 19th 2014.

The only sure way to save most of our heritage buildings which fall into disuse is to attract private sector developers who are willing to put money in and give the buildings a new use. The new Titanic Hotel in the Stanley Dock warehouse complex in Liverpool is a recent example. There's a glass pyramid outside the Louvre, so by all means put one in the courtyard of the Hotel LRFS.

rinkydinkDecember 19th 2014.

I was being provocative but I do agree - if done properly it could look outstanding

AnonymousDecember 20th 2014.

They should reopen Baty's bar too :-)

AnonymousDecember 30th 2014.

glad it not Britannia that has got the theater royal they would want another 30 years to develop it

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