Russells Construction begins work on Clayton Hotel in Manchester

WCN Editorial Team 17 Jun 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

UK-based Russells Construction has announced the start of construction on £60m Clayton Hotel in Manchester, UK with piling works to begin later this month.

The hotel is being developed by Property Alliance Group with Aviva Investors. The new hotel building will replace a 50-year old office block on the corner of Sackville Street, which has now been completely demolished.

Located at 55 Portland Street, the 17-storey, 329-bed hotel will be operated by Dalata Hotel Group under its Clayton-Hotel brand, when completed in the later part of 2021. It will feature a ground-floor bar with restaurant at mezzanine level as well as a business centre with meeting rooms.

The concept and external fabric for 55 Portland Street was developed by Stephenson Studio with Leach Rhodes Walker responsible for design delivery. Building service designs are provided by Ridge and Partners, while WSP is responsible for the structural design.

Alliance managing director Alex Russell said: “With funding now in place and the complex demolition of the office building complete, we’re looking forward to seeing the new hotel rapidly take shape.

“Portland Street is a prime location for hotels as it is so well connected to shops, offices and local transport links. The site offers a significant opportunity for Dalata, adding to its hotel at Manchester Airport and meeting the demand for high-quality accommodation and corporate facilities in the heart of the city centre.”

As the main contractor of the project, Russells Construction will add its extensive expertise for the turnkey hotel project.

The Clayton will be the company’s third concurrent hotel build in Manchester, alongside new Circle Square hotel in Princess Street and the Motel One / StayCity Apartments hybrid at 3 St Peters. All these hotels were delivered under a ‘collaborative’ working model.

Russells Construction director Gareth Russell said: “With a turnkey project such as this, early engagement delivers significant benefits to the overall design and buildability of a project.

“This collaborative working model gives clients the certainty they need about the chosen construction method, programme, and budget, and gives us the control we need to ensure excellence of delivery.”

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Image: 55 Portland St CGI. Photo: Courtesy of Russells Construction.

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