Manchester’s bar ‘stalwart’ to be transformed into new Luma branded boutique hotel

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A bar in Manchester’s Northern Quarter deemed a ‘stalwart’ of the city’s nightlife could be transformed into a new branded boutique hotel after plans for a new project were submitted.

The Dry Bar in Oldham Street was one of the first bars to open in the area in 1989 by Factory Records co-founder Tony Wilson, and was put on the market last summer for £4m.

It was sold to a consortium headed by Singapore-based hospitality and property developer Heeton Holdings who have now revealed plans to create a new Luma boutique on site.

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A full planning application has been lodged with Manchester City Council to convert the four-storey 28-30 Oldham Street in the city’s Northern Quarter into a 101-bedroom boutique in place of the iconic bar.

The proposal lays out plans to create a fifth floor and introduce a three-storey rooftop extension where the bedrooms would be built.

Edwin Liu, country head of UK and Europe at Heeton Holdings and a representative of Treasure Choice Enterprise, who submitted the plan, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to bring a new lease of life to a building which is synonymous with the growth of the Northern Quarter. An area already at the cutting edge of Manchester’s music and cultural scene, we believe that the addition of a distinctive new hotel will help to cement the Northern Quarter’s position as a major destination within this vibrant international city.

“Dry Bar is an iconic venue which has played an important role in Manchester’s 20th century music history. We are committed to honouring that legacy. Our design team will be ambitious but also sensitive to the history of the building.”

Manchester City Council has not yet set a date to consider the application.




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