Public consultation on £200m transformation of Renaissance Manchester site now open

A new CGI of the proposed scheme

A public consultation has been launched for plans to develop the site of the former Renaissance hotel in Manchester city centre.

Located on Deansgate, the site currently includes the former 206-bedroom hotel as well as a vacant office building and car park.

The vision, which has been put forward by the joint venture between Starwood Capital and Property Alliance Group, includes transforming the plot into a £200m mixed-use scheme, including a redeveloped hotel, office space, car park, and new residential building.

A key feature of the masterplan is to transform Deansgate into a new destination within the city centre.

Hotel proposals include the development of a ‘four-star destination hotel’ with distinctive design and rooftop fine dining offering while the new office proposal seeks to completely redevelop the existing Premier House building to become part of a new vibrant commercial district in which it sits.

Taking place online from today (29 March), the consultation will unveil details of the overall masterplan for the site and emerging proposals for the hotel and office space, including new visuals.

People will be invited to have their say on the plans either via email or telephone.

The consultation is the first of two that will take place this year ahead of planning applications being submitted.

The second consultation will provide further information on the proposed residential building.

Alex Russell, managing director of Alliance said: “This is a significant scheme, which will regenerate a part of the city that has been earmarked for development for many years.

“Our plans for the hotel and offices form part of the scheme’s first phase and we hope that by the summer, we will be in position to unveil details of the new homes. Subject to planning approval, we hope that we can then start on site later this year.

“It’s unfortunate that we can’t unveil our plans in person because of Covid restrictions, but we hope that people will take the opportunity to view the proposals online. We look forward to receiving feedback, so that this can be considered before we submit our planning application.”

Plans include a new public realm with outdoor seating

The plans can be viewed by visiting

The site is the last undeveloped location within the 1999 City Centre Renewal Masterplan, which was prepared following the 1996 bombing, and a long-standing strategic regeneration priority for the City Council.

The proposals for the site are being designed by Jon Matthews Architects. Avison Young is the planning consultant and Planit IE is the landscape architect.