Multi-storey car park and hotel complete at Circle Square

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Manchester’s latest hotel project has been completed by Russell WBHO at Circle Square. The new 158-bedroom Premier Inn is set to open in the New Year.

Russell WBHO handed over the eye-catching 16-storey building to Premier Inn ahead of Christmas, ready for opening in February 2021. The new building comprises a 1,018 space multi storey car park across the first 10 floors (ground to nine), with the hotel located on floors nine to 15 behind the striking aluminium façade.

The building has achieved BREEAM Very Good, with carbon reduction measures inherent in its design, construction and operation. The development follows the Be Lean, Be Clean, Be Green* agenda, and has achieved a 34.2% improvement over the requirements of Building Regulations for the conservation of fuel and power.

Visible from the air is a 94kWp Solar PV array approximately 600m2 mounted on the roof of the hotel. It is set to yield circa 72,000kWh and avoid circa 43,000 kg CO2 emissions per year, covering a large portion of the building’s operations electricity needs. The H&V system offers heating efficiencies of over 700% and cooling efficiencies of over 1,300%.

Gareth Russell, joint managing director of Russell WBHO, said:

“One of the most visually eye-catching buildings we’ve ever delivered, the new Premier Inn at Circle Square is also one of the greenest and most advanced in terms of energy saving and carbon reduction. We’ve created a building which will provide occupants with a comfortable stay and the reassurance that they’re playing a part in reducing the city’s carbon output.”

The new hotel and multi-storey car park are part of the wider £750m Circle Square masterplan, a joint venture between Bruntwood SciTech and Vita Group to create a new city neighbourhood with more than 1,700 new homes, 1.2m sq ft of workspace and over 100,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space as well as a brand new city park, Symphony Park .

Tom Renn, Managing Director for Bruntwood SciTech - Manchester said:

“The completion of these two key amenities are a major milestone in the creation of this exciting new neighbourhood. Circle Square's innovative workspaces and homes along with its eclectic mix of shops, bars and restaurants, will attract visitors from far and wide."

The new Premier Inn at Circle Square is ideally located for the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University, as well as some of the city’s finest arts and cultural destinations.

It is the second hotel built by Russells for Premier Inn, following the Dale Street hotel completed in 2012, and the hotelier’s fourth hotel in Manchester City Centre.

Richard Aldread, Head of Construction in the UK regions and Ireland, for Premier Inn said:

“The new Princes Street Premier Inn strengthens our presence in Manchester City Centre and brings our latest format hotel to the extremely popular Oxford Road Corridor area. It’s part of our ongoing strategy of investing in new locations across Manchester to ensure our customers have the best quality Premier Inn rooms in the most exciting locations in the city. Given the hotel’s central location, and proximity to the universities, it promises to be a popular addition to our portfolio.”

The build began in May 2018. Fielden Clegg Bradley was concept architect while Leach Rhodes Walker was delivery architect, JD Electrical carried out electrical engineering, Walsh undertook the mechanical works and iGen provided the solar solution.

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