Project Description :
Rio were commissioned by MacDonald Hotels to undertake the design for the redevelopment of
this existing iconic telecommunications building in the heart of Manchester’s City centre to a
modern 4 star hotel. The Hotel located 3 minutes walk from Piccadilly central station is the
largest in Manchester and includes 338 bedrooms together with conferencing facilities, function
rooms, restaurant, bar, gymnasium and health spa.
The whole development is seen as a regeneration catalyst for the area to the south of Piccadilly
Station and our design has deliberately introduced animation and vitality to the streetscape. Public function spaces sit behind an undulating glazed facade at the lower floors which projects beyond the existing structure.
The hotel is now a very popular destination for visitors to the City (including celebrities and dignitaries) within a site once considered a black spot of Manchester City Centre.