New mixed-used facility opens in Manchester

A new mixed-use development at the Manchester Oxford Road Campus, which includes meetings facilities, reached a significant milestone this week.

Members of The University of Manchester and Alliance Manchester Business School, M&L Hospitality, Bruntwood, Intercontinental Hotels Group and Cycas Hospitality gathered last week to celebrate the ‘topping out’ of the new landmark 19-storey building.

The building features a dual branded 328-room hotel, with meeting facilities, and forms part of the University’s £1bn masterplan to transform the campus.

Designed by architects BDP and Leach Rhodes Walker, the development will introduce two new hotels for the city, including a 212-room Crowne Plaza and 116-room Staybridge Suites.

Both hotels will operate under a franchise agreement with owner partner M&L Hospitality and Cycas Hospitality, the hotel management company specialising in extended-stay hotels in the UK and Europe.

Professor Fiona Devine, head of Alliance Manchester Business School said: “This is a major milestone for this landmark development and we look forward to offering a flexible choice of accommodation for visitors to the University, the business school and the wider city.”

Neil Maxwell, CEO of M&L Hospitality added: “Manchester is maturing as an international destination for corporate businesses. There has been a growing number of investments made by foreign firms over the past five years and recent talks by Manchester International Airport to introduce new airline routes to the city. We are confident that our new development will cater to the growing number of corporate business travellers and their demands for quality accommodation.”

The project, scheduled for overall completion early next year is being undertaken by Bruntwood Construction as part of Bruntwood’s wider redevelopment of Alliance MBS for The University of Manchester on Booth Street West and will adjoin its new two-storey Executive Education Centre, providing a new home for the School’s corporate leadership and management programmes.

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Martin Fullard: journalist, presenter, producer. Martin is the Deputy Editor at Conference News and Conference & Meetings World magazines. He leads the digital channels on Mash Media’s Conference Division as well as heading up Mash TV. He is formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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