Airport City Manchester has signed deal to deliver a new £180m hotel district, featuring Holiday Inn and Ibis Budget hotels.
A 280-bed Holiday Inn and a 262-bed Ibis Budget will be established in Airport City Manchester, adjacent to Terminal 2 at Manchester Airport, as part of the wider £1bn transformation programme.
Airport City Manchester’s joint venture partners – MAG Property, GMPF Property and Beijing Construction Engineering Group International (BCEGI) – will act as the developers of the £80m hotel project on behalf of the client, P1 Hotels, a consortium of hospitality industry specialists.
The 280-room Holiday Inn Manchester Airport will feature the Open Lobby, which combines the front desk, lobby, restaurant, bar, lounge and business centre into one area. The Holiday Inn will also feature three meeting rooms to cater to business travellers.
Room types such as standard, twin, family, executive and accessible will be offered on six floors. The southern corner of the sixth floor will form a terrace for guests, overlooking the airfield.
The seventh floor will feature a canopied terrace and crew lounge, facing north over Airport City towards Manchester’s City Centre.
The 262-room Ibis Budget Manchester Airport will offer four room types – Double, Triple, Twin and Accessible – over seven levels. It will offer its guests various facilities, including free Wi-Fi and a gourmet breakfast buffet.
A restaurant will be located on the ground floor of the Holiday Inn, which has been designed to attract guests from both hotels.
Construction is expected to start in early 2019 with completion scheduled for the first quarter of 2021.
In February 2018, Airport City Manchester had received planning consent for the creation of a 375-bed 4-star hotel and a 254-bed 3-star hotel on a site located adjacent to Manchester Airport’s transport interchange.
As a result, the Airport City hotel district will house four new hotels by 2021, providing 1,171 new hotel rooms within the Airport City North footprint and creating 500 jobs.
Passenger numbers at Manchester Airport are forecast to grow from 26 million in 2017 to 35 million by 2027.
BCEGI lead director Dongwen Yu said: “Hotels are a key component on Airport City and the development and construction of this new district will provide valuable employment opportunities for the local area while supporting the continued expansion of Manchester Airport.”
The professional team includes ICA (architect); Faithful & Gould (project manager/employers agent); Meinhardt (structural, services and sustainability engineer); NBM (cost consultant); Rusupo (project manager/client’s representative); Manchester Airports Group (planner); and Aecom (highways engineer).
JLL and CBRE are retained lettings and sales agents for Airport City.