Pioneering luxury townhouse group Eclectic Hotels has secured planning permission to develop a former bank in the centre of Manchester.
Eclectic founders Eamonn and Sally O’Loughlin will turn the Grade II-listed building in the city centre into a 40-bed boutique property to be known as The King Street Townhouse.
The hotel will be the fifth property for Eclectic which spearheaded the development of small luxury hotels in and around Manchester with the opening of Eleven Didsbury Park. The collection currently consists of Eleven Didsbury Park, Didsbury House, Great St John Street and the members club, On The 7th at Media City in nearby Salford.
Plans include a restaurant, the King Street Tavern, a gym, treatment rooms and a south-facing spa pool located on the roof of the building which dates back to 1872.
Group revenue manager Libby Morris told Boutique Hotelier that the uniqueness of the building means that, within the constraints of the planning permission, there is room for flexibility during the initial construction phase.
“We’re letting the building talk to us so we can chop and change a bit before things are finalised.”
A general manager is currently being sought and an estimated 70 jobs will be created overall. Opening is slated for late spring 2015.