Manchester City Council yesterday granted planning consent for developer Urban&Civic’s £100m hotel and flat scheme on the corner of Princess Street and Whitworth Street.
The Simpson Haugh designed scheme comprises 238 apartments, a 148-bedroom 4-star hotel, ground floor commercial units and a new landscaped public square over the existing four-level basement car park, which will provide 273 parking spaces.
A previous scheme for the site on the corner of Princess Street and Whitworth Street was abandoned in 2008 after foundations for three buildings and a four level basement car park had been built.
Urban&Civic originally bought the one-acre site with an existing planning consent in December 2014 at an allocated cost of £7.8m.
Nigel Hugill, Executive Chairman of Urban&Civic, said: “We are fully grateful for the support of all concerned. Urban&Civic very much see ourselves as long term investors in Manchester, having built No1 Deansgate and Green Quarter in our previous business.
“The city is continuing to grow economically and culturally and we are determined to make our own contribution to that process”.
Work on the initial phase of residential buildings is expected to start slightly ahead of schedule, by mid 2016, with the first new residents moving in approximately 20 months later.