Planning application goes in for 117-room Northern Quarter hotel scheme

Plans for Larard's Still

Manchester-based developer, Jadebricks, has revealed plans for a 117-room aparthotel in the Northern Quarter district of the city.

Turley has submitted the application on behalf of Jadebricks which aims to build the scheme, known as Larard’s Still, on the corner of Oldham Street and Spear Street.

Designed by SimpsonHaugh the proposals are for the retention and re-use of the existing 68 Oldham Street, partial retention, including the façade of the existing 70 Oldham Street, conversion of an existing warehouse building with rooftop extension and a new building of nine storeys, plus ground floor, to create an aparthotel and flexible commercial uses.

The existing buildings fronting Oldham Street, which have been vacant for a number of years and fallen into disrepair, will be restored to retain much of the historic fabric, while integrating with and providing a sustainable, long term use for the vacant warehouse on Spear Street.

The proposed development will include 117 hotel bedrooms, guest lounge, gym and laundry facilities with 15 secure cycle space storage and space for two independent commercial units on the ground floor.

Neighbouring properties include the adjacent Grade II-listed Castle Hotel and 105 Oldham Street and the site is located in the Stevenson Square Conservation Area.

Amsterdam-based operator, Cycas Hospitality BV, will operate the hotel under Accor’s ‘Adagio Access’ brand.

The project team carried out early consultation with Manchester City Council and other stakeholders, including Historic England and local ward councillors. Turley conducted a public consultation which concluded with an online webinar at the end of July.

Turley planning director, Stephen Bell, said: “Larard’s Still is an exciting development for Manchester’s Northern Quarter. By restoring and bringing these buildings back into use the development can make a valuable contribution to the area, adding to the mix and vibrancy of Oldham Street in particular.

“It will also add to the city’s hotel offer, supporting its visitor economy. We’re looking forward to continuing to work with the team at Jadebricks, SimpsonHaugh and Cumming Group on this project.”

Jadebricks managing director, Mike Bathurst, said: “Since we acquired the site for Larard’s Still in 2020, we have been passionate about ensuring the design is respectful to the Northern Quarter and wider Manchester city centre heritage. Working with a team of Manchester-based consultants we’re delighted to have submitted our proposals to Manchester City Council and we’re keen to push forward with delivering another outstanding development for the city.”