Topping Out Celebrated for Dual-Branded Crowne Plaza and Staybridge Suites at University of Manchester’s £1Billion Campus Redevelopment

/Topping Out Celebrated for Dual-Branded Crowne Plaza and Staybridge Suites at University of Manchester’s £1Billion Campus Redevelopment

Topping Out Celebrated for Dual-Branded Crowne Plaza and Staybridge Suites at University of Manchester’s £1Billion Campus Redevelopment

|2017-02-01T14:03:42+00:00February 1st, 2017|

Members of The University of Manchester and Alliance Manchester Business School, M&L Hospitality, Bruntwood, Intercontinental Hotels Group and Cycas Hospitality gathered last week to celebrate the ‘Topping out’ of a new mixed-use development at the Manchester Oxford Road Campus.

The landmark 19-storey building, which will feature a dual branded 328-room hotel, with meeting facilities, forms part of the University’s £1billion masterplan to transform the campus.

Designed by architects BDP and Leach Rhodes Walker, the development will introduce two new hotels for the city; a 212-room Crowne Plaza and 116-room Staybridge Suites. Both hotels will operate under a franchise agreement with owner partner M&L Hospitality and Cycas Hospitality, the hotel management company specialising in extended-stay hotels in the UK and Europe.

Professor Fiona Devine, Head of Alliance Manchester Business School said, “This is a major milestone for this landmark development and we look forward to offering a flexible choice of accommodation for visitors to the University, the business school and the wider city.”

Neil Maxwell, CEO of M&L Hospitality said, “Manchester is maturing as an international destination for corporate businesses. There has been a growing number of investments made by foreign firms over the past five years and recent talks by Manchester International Airport to introduce new airline routes to the city. We are confident that our new development will cater to the growing number of corporate business travellers and their demands for quality accommodation.”

Chris Roberts, Bruntwood Development Director said, “We are delighted to see the hotel reach this milestone. When complete, the hotel and education centre will provide the perfect base from which to enjoy the abundance of quality cultural assets along Oxford Road and further cement 'Corridor Manchester' as a place where talented people can come to learn, socialise and re-energise.”

John Wagner, founding partner of Cycas Hospitality said, “This marks the progress of our second dual branded concept for the UK, a model which has already proven successful for us in London Stratford City. Manchester has become a thriving digital hub and we look forward to welcoming the UK’s new entrepreneurs, leisure visitors, as well as long-stay corporate business clients.”

The project, scheduled for overall completion early next year is being undertaken by Bruntwood Construction as part of Bruntwood’s wider redevelopment of Alliance MBS for The University of Manchester on Booth Street West and will adjoin its new two-storey Executive Education Centre, providing a new home for the School’s corporate leadership and management programmes.

About Bruntwood

Bruntwood is a family-owned and run property company that specialises in creating the right places for people to succeed.     

With over 117 properties across four UK cities, we provide office space, serviced and virtual offices, meeting rooms and retail premises to companies across a range of different business sectors.

Over our 40-year history, we have developed a proven business model based on an innovative approach to property development, combined with a single minded focus on the needs of the customer.

We develop, let and manage all of our own properties, allowing us to seamlessly control the whole experience to make sure it meets customer’s expectations at every stage. We don’t see ourselves as a landlord but rather as our customers’ property partner, making sure that their choice of premises adds the best possible benefit to the way their business works.

We have a fundamental belief that there is always a way to improve the world around us and that as a business we have a responsibility to always leave things better than we find them.  That's why each year, along with the Oglesby family shareholders, we invest in the life of the cities we operate in by donating in excess of 10% of profits to art, charitable, environmental and medical initiatives.  

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About Alliance Manchester Business School

Established in 1965, Alliance MBS is the UK’s largest campus-based business school and has a long tradition of global business education with centres in Manchester, Dubai, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sao Paolo.

Part of The University of Manchester, Alliance MBS is one of just 1% of institutions to have achieved triple accreditation from AACSB International, AMBA and EQUIS.

About The University of Manchester

The University of Manchester is currently delivering a £1 billion 10-year masterplan for its campus to create world-class facilities for staff, students and visitors.  This includes the redevelopment of the Alliance Manchester Business School, the £350m Manchester Engineering Campus Development and the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC).  Completed projects so far include the award-winning National Graphene Institute and The Whitworth.

About Cycas Hospitality

Cycas Hospitality is a hotel management company specialising in extended-stay hotels in the UK and Europe. It combines real world, first-hand experience of hotel management with expertise in real estate investment and development.

About M&L Hospitality

M&L Hospitality is a Singapore-based real estate investment trust with an international portfolio of best-in-class hotels. M&L Hospitality has experienced exponential growth since the trust acquired the Four Points by Sheraton in Sydney in 2009.  Its portfolio now contains hotel properties in Singapore, Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. M&L Hospitality’s hotels are in prime, central locations in international gateway cities.  They are operated by the most recognisable international brands, including Accor, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Rezidor and Swissôtel.  M&L Hospitality’s hotels are modern and functional, and appeal to the corporate, leisure and MICE markets.

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