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FIRST LOOK: Whitworth Locke opens its doors in Manchester

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The latest innovation from the SACO Property Group has now opened its doors in Manchester.

The design-led aparthotel Whitworth Locke in Manchester, housed in a former cotton mill, joins properties in London and Edinburgh in the Locke portfolio as the company ploughs ahead with expansion.

Home to 160 apartments, a boutique gym, a Locke Shop and pop-up Conservatory bar, the new building has been designed by New York architects Grzywinski+Pons, and boasts splashes of muted pink and a pastel green and blue colour palette.

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Rooms range in size from studios to one-bedroom suites, and each one coming with a fully equipped kitchen, Wi-Fi, smart TVs, ironing boards, and hairdryers.

Whitworth Locke also comprises the second brand of Foundation Coffee House, which already has a site on Lever Street in the Northern Quarter.

A key focus of the brand is building partnerships with local enterprises that fit both the building and the concept.

An ornate glass ceiling towers over a bar known as The Conservatory, which will be in situ for the next 16 weeks before the bar relocates downstairs to become a speakeasy-style Paris-inspired hotspot.

The atrium will then be occupied by a restaurant operator who is yet to be confirmed.

The hotel will also host temporary art exhibitions to support local artists as well as drawing on local talent for yoga classes, gin tastings and packed programme of events.

There’s also a Locke Shop, where guests can purchase toiletries, all with Locke’s own signature scent and other design-led items, plus a co-working space.

Every room comes with a ‘Locke Box’ welcome bag that includes tea, coffee, milk, sugar and a bag of salted caramel popcorn.

The larger suites also include a ‘sleep kit’, slippers and a bathrobe.

Whitworth Locke joins Leman Locke in Aldgate which opened in 2016 and Eden Locke in Edinburgh which launched last year.

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