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Double handover for Motel One and Staycity

Manchester city centre is to host two new hotel openings this February with the completion of Alliance’s hybrid tower at 3 St Peter’s Square.

Motel One will launch its new 328 bedroom hotel, which is located on the lower eight floors of the 20 storey building. Sitting above that are the 256 studio and one bedroom apartments from Staycity which will be Manchester’s first Wilde Aparthotel.

Motel One manager Sean McFall and Staycity manager Marie England joined Alliance director Victoria Russell, and Russell WBHO project manager Joe Rawlinson to celebrate the handover.

The £50m contract was delivered following a 186 week programme which started with the controlled demolition of the old Peterloo House office block in March 2018.

Alliance director, Ella Magill, said: “The potential for a hotel development on this site was clear and it is very satisfying to see not one but two operators shared that view. We have to thank RLAM for their vision in funding the scheme, and the contractor for delivering this superb building despite all of the challenges of the last two years.”

Gareth Russell, joint managing director of Russell WBHO, said: “We’re pleased to handover 3 St Peter’s Square to Motel One and Staycity, and mark completion of another successful project despite the complexities of balancing requirements for two different operators within the same building, alongside the challenges of the site’s location and the Covid pandemic.

“It is testament to the collaborative efforts of the architects, engineers, sub-contractors, clients’ representatives, developer, funder and the Russell WBHO team who have, together, delivered another excellent addition to Manchester’s visitor offering.

Area manager Sean McFall said: “We’re thrilled with the hotel, it’s stunning and we’re very excited to start welcoming customers through the doors. Demand for rooms within Manchester has returned and this trend is expected to continue throughout the year, so the addition of Motel One St Peter’s Square couldn’t come at a better time.”

Inspired by the Irish playwright Oscar Wilde, Dublin-based Staycity’s super stylish Wilde Aparthotels brand provides a high-end combination of self-catering and hotel services, with fully-equipped kitchens, a 24-hour reception, gym, and lounge areas. It is Manchester’s first Wilde Aparthotel and expands Staycity’s existing 400+ room portfolio in the city.

Manager Marie England said: “We’re delighted to bring the Wilde brand to Manchester and offer something truly unique in this market. Myself and the team are looking forward to welcoming our first guests to enjoy a stylish home-from-home stay here at St Peter’s Square.”

The scheme was developed by Property Alliance Group, funded by Royal London Asset Management, with Baker Hollingworth acting as the Employers Agent. Designed by Stephenson Studio, Leach Rhodes Walker was the delivery architect, building services were from CE2 while WSP was responsible for the structural design.