Ashley Hotels group puts Trafford Park Hotel on the market one year after purchase


The Grade-II listed Trafford Park Hotel in Manchester has been put up for sale, just a year after its owners purchased the site for development.

The derelict hotel was acquired by Ashley Hotels group last year and has now been placed back on the market for £750,000 after the owners failed to secure planning permission to turn the building into a new boutique hotel.

The firm withdrew a planning application to Trafford Council earlier this year to convert the building into a 121-bedroom hotel via a five-storey side extension.

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Ashley Hotels bought the property in June 2019 for £900,000 and previously had been derelict for years.

The auction will be held through Pugh Auctions, due to take place on July 14.

The auction house listing for the property says: “An imposing and substantial former hotel situated on a site extending to 0.15 hectares (0.38 acres). Constructed in the early 1900’s the property has been vacant for the last 10 years and is in need of a comprehensive refurbishment program but offers a truly exciting redevelopment opportunity, subject to any necessary consents.”

It is not yet known what prompted Ashley Hotels to move to sell the site, but recent economic downturn due to the COVID-19 outbreak could be part of it.

Ashley Hotels also comprises six hotels including Highfield House Hotel and Victoria Inn Hotel in London.

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