Boutique hotel opens in former Brown Brothers brewery

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A £6m boutique hotel set in the former Brown Brothers brewery in Manchester has opened its doors.

The Ainscow Hotel has undergone a full restoration after the project was launched by late property developer Carol Ainscow, under her company name Artisan. Carol died last September aged 55 after battling a brain tumour, mid-way through the work.

Now the project is complete with 75 bedrooms, a ground floor bar and third floor restaurant with a terrace open to the public.

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The restored building has retained many of its original features, including steel beams and exposed brick work, integrated with more modern designs. The building was purchased in 2006, but due to the recession, work wasn’t able to begin until 2012.

Speaking to Manchester Evening News, Carol’s sister, Moya Ball said it was an emotional time to see Carol’s vision finally come to life.

Moya said: “The hotel was the main project Carol was working on when she passed away. Our family, along with all my colleagues at Artisan, decided it was essential to complete the building. We’ve stayed true to Carol’s original ideas and I hope she would be as proud of it as we are.”

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