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£50m Manchester site for Motel One & Staycity Aparthotel topps out

Topping Out has been celebrated at 3 St Peter’s Square, the new £50m building for Motel One and Staycity Aparthotel from Manchester main contractor Russell WBHO, which is earmarked for an autumn 2021 handover.

Representatives from the hotel brands joined developer Property Alliance Group and funder Royal London Asset Management (RLAM) to mark the occasion on the roof of the 20-storey new build.

The ground floor up to the 8th storey will house 328 Motel One rooms, with amenity areas at street level. Floors nine to 20 will feature 256 studio and one bedroom units for apart-hotel operator Staycity under its premium Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity brand.

It is the third Motel One built by Russell WBHO in the city centre, following completion of the 330-bed Motel One Piccadilly in London Road and the 302-room Motel One Royal Exchange in Cross Street. It is the team’s first for Staycity, which also has a 182-apartment site in Manchester’s Piccadilly.

Simon Walford, Staycity Development Director UK & Italy, said, “As one of Europe’s leading aparthotel operators, with over 3,000 apartments across 12 destinations, Manchester is an important destination for us.

'As one of the UK’s most vibrant, happening places the city is a great match for the Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity brand, which offers guests a unique blend of home and hotel inspired by the wit and wisdom of Oscar Wilde.”

Daniel Müller, Co-CEO Motel One, added, “We’re pleased to be welcoming our third property in Manchester. As one of the UK’s most dynamic cities, it is a great fit for our brand and visitors will now have the choice of three uniquely designed and affordable Motel One hotels.”

Alex Russell, managing director of developer Property Alliance Group, said, “This was a site that was originally earmarked for new office space, but our appraisals identified the huge potential for a hotel.

'An iconic location within the city centre, at the heart of the historic civic quarter and surrounded by all the entertainments Manchester has to offer, 3 St Peter’s offers an excellent setting for visitors.'