Hotel handover ahead of February opening

Premier Inn at Circle Square, Manchester

Construction contractor Russell WBHO has squared the circle with its latest development, handing over a 16-storey hotel and car park in Manchester city centre just before Christmas.

The 158-bedroom Premier Inn at Circle Square is scheduled to open in February, on top of a 1,000-space car park.

A 600m2 solar PV array is on the roof of the hotel, which is expected to cover a large portion of the building’s operations electricity needs and avoid 43,000 kg carbon dioxide emissions each year.

Gareth Russell, joint managing director of Russell WBHO, said: “One of the most visually eye-catching buildings we’ve ever delivered, the new Premier Inn at Circle Square is also one of the greenest and most advanced in terms of energy saving and carbon reduction. We’ve created a building which will provide occupants with a comfortable stay and the reassurance that they’re playing a part in reducing the city’s carbon output.”

The hotel and car park are part of the wider £750m Circle Square masterplan, a joint venture between Bruntwood SciTech and Vita Group to create a city neighbourhood with more than 1,700 homes, 1.2m sq ft of workspace and over 100,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space as well as a brand new city park, Symphony Park.

It is the second hotel built by Russells for Premier Inn, following the Dale Street hotel completed in 2012, and the hotelier’s fourth hotel in Manchester City Centre.

Richard Aldread, head of construction in the UK regions and Ireland, for Premier Inn said: “The new Princes Street Premier Inn strengthens our presence in Manchester City Centre and brings our latest format hotel to the extremely popular Oxford Road / Deansgate micro-market.”