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Landmark in Manchester set to re-open as an exclusive hotel

The Car Hire Manchester Airport location including Anne and Gary like the look of the hotel to be opened in the city.

A landmark in the centre of Manchester is set to reopen as an exclusive hotel. Bosses of the hotel have revealed the former Midland Bank headquarters on King Street. It was revealed last year that the building, designed by Victorian architect Sir Edwin Lutyens was having a multimillion pound transformation into a Japanese and Tuscan inspired hotel.

The structure at 100 King Street is surrounded by roads on all four sides and was built by the engineers Whinney, Son and Austen Hall between 1933 and 1935 and features carvings by the local sculptor John Ashton Floyd.

Robin Sheppard, the hotel group’s chairman, said “Hotel Gotham is really taking shape now. The construction team at Marshall’s and our design partners at Squid-Inc are on track to deliver an exceptional and glamorous hotel, in a beautiful historic building. We can feel the excitement bubbling. We think there is definitely a gap in the market for an upmarket hotel and venue and this wonderful Lutyens building provides the perfect backdrop.”

A key feature of the hotel will be four £300-a-night suites with private ‘indoor gardens’ which are based on a separate, exotic theme. The plans, carried out in collaboration with building owners Marshall Construction, also include a restaurant, roof garden, and private members bar.

Sir Richard Leese, Manchester council leader, said “It is a fantastic building and it is great to see the building having a continued future which will bring jobs and life to that area. Secondly we have seen the hotel occupancy figures for the city and it is obvious we need more hotel rooms, so this is only good news.”

Its neoclassical design is unusual for Manchester, which has led to the parallels with the Big Apple and has inspired the Gotham name. The ground and basement floors of are currently home to a Jamie’s Italian restaurant and the makeover of the upper seven floors has seen the creation of 60 ‘unique’ hotel rooms.

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