The plan for a new boutique hotel in Manchester as part of a huge regeneration scheme has been scrapped after it proved too challenging to secure an operator for the new venture.
Jackson’s Row Developments, the company led by former Manchester United footballer Gary Neville, has decided against converting a former police station into a 29-bedroom boutique hotel after requesting changes to the company’s original planning application to the City’s Council.
The proposal, which was first submitted in 2016, was to transform a 1.4 acre site into a new five-star hotel, office space, apartments, restaurants and a pub as part of the St Michael’s scheme as well as the boutique hotel.
These plans have since been updated and resubmitted, with the former Bootle Street Police Station now earmarked for offices instead of the hotel after securing an operator for a boutique hotel post pandemic ‘proved more challenging than previously’.
“The reason for changing the hotel to offices was twofold,” explained a revisions statement by project manager Zerum Consulting, dated September 2021. “Firstly, securing an operator for a boutique hotel post-pandemic is more challenging than previously, making a hotel use less attractive, and secondly, continued demand for offices, as well as the opportunity provided by the former police station in providing a more prestigious entrance and address, make the prospect of extending the office use into the former police station more attractive.“
The scheme will still see the construction of a 191-bedroom five-star hotel in the lower levels of a new 40-storey skyscraper, plus 235,000 sq ft of offices, 181 apartments plus other hospitality spaces.
The site includes the demolition of the Sir Ralph Abercromby pub, which was completed in April 2021, and now work is progressing on the creation of the office building and conversion of the police station.
The new hotel would mark phase three of the project.
The project team involved in the scheme also includes Hodder + Partners, SOM, Bowler James Brindley and Planit-IE.
Fellow Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs was previously working with Neville to develop St Michael’s, but is no longer involved after exiting the scheme earlier this year.