Manchester predicts "room boom" for 2015

While London is frequently the center of the UK's hotel development scene, the northern city of Manchester is seeing some significant growth in its own right. Yesterday, InterContinental Hotels Group announced the signing of the two Manchester hotels. A 210-room Crowne Plaza hotel and a 116-room Staybridge Suites property will open as part of The University of Manchester‘s £1 billion campus development.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the two hotels are part of Bruntwood’s wider redevelopment of Manchester Business School (MBS) and will adjoin its new Executive Education Centre, which will provide a new home for the business school’s corporate leadership and management programs.

The Crowne Plaza—the city's third—and the Staybridge Suites property will reportedly both operate under a franchise agreement with existing owner partner M&L Hospitality and will be managed by Cycas Hospitality.

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But these two properties are only the most recent announcements. The city is experiencing a "room boom" from both branded and independent properties alike. As Manchester Confidential recently noted, this year is poised to see the Hotel Gotham, Motel One Piccadilly, Hotel Football, Innside by Melia, King Street Townhouse and Cow Hollow Hotel all open in Manchester.

Allied London also has "bold plans" for the Manchester Grande, Manchester Hall at the Freemason's, Motel One Cross Street, the Radisson Blu Edwardian extension, the former-Employment Exchange and the Indigo Hotel at NOMA, the story notes.

Beyond that, there's a Hilton Garden Inn at Airport City, the Corn Exchange hotel and "whispers" of a Yotel Piccadilly. 

Citing a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Manchester Evening News predicts that within the next 30 months, Manchester will have some 15,000 hotel rooms, 1,400 of which will be new. 

“2014 was a very good year for Greater Manchester’s hotel industry, with occupancy levels outstripping previous records," Nick Brooks-Sykes, director of tourism at Marketing Manchester, said. “There are a number of new hotel operators preparing to enter the market in 2015 and notably many of the city’s existing hotels are currently upgrading their facilities. This investment is very well-timed as the tourism calendar is packed with new developments and drivers.”