First St Scheme recommended for Green Light

18th December 2018

An application proposing the development of a mixed-use scheme at First Street – which includes a 205-bedroom hotel – could be set for approval, documents filed ahead of a city council planning meeting have revealed.

The land at First Street – known as Plot 9A – was most recently used as a surface car park and a site compound for the construction of No 8 First Street.
It has been earmarked for a 16-storey structure, featuring office space on the second to tenth floors, as well as part of the ground, first and twelfth floors.
The upper floors would feature hotel accommodation, while winter gardens and rooftop garden on level 12 is also proposed.

While the occupier is not named, documents filed ahead of the planning committee meeting next week (13 December 2018) said it is a “nationally recognised three-star brand operating significant network of hotels across Greater Manchester”.

The development would comprise 21 car parking spaces and 164 cycle spaces, the majority of which would be reserved for office workers.
The hotel entrance would be on Medlock Street, with the entrance to the main office on River Street.

Flexible commercial space is proposed for the ground and first floor and could be occupied by shops, restaurants, cafes, bars or a gym.

The scheme has been recommended for the green light, with officers saying it would “promote a quality neighbourhood, economic development and sustainable travel patterns”.

“The development would have an acceptable impact on residential amenity and would regenerate a site that is in need of investment and development, reinstating the urban grain, providing additional public realm and increasing permeability within the area,” they added.
Deloitte Real Estate is planning adviser for the scheme.