Greater Manchester Building of the Year Award Finalist: King Street Town House

Sep 30th, 2016 - Last updated at Sep 30th, 2016

"We at King Street Townhouse feel privileged to be considered for Greater Manchester’s Chamber of Commerce 2016 Building of the Year Award."

Eamonn O’Loughlin

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Each week we are looking at one of buildings that has been shortlisted for the 2016 Greater Manchester Building of the Year Award.

This week, we focus on King Street Townhouse (pictured). Eclectic Hotels engaged the design and transformation of an existing Grade II listed building within the Upper King Street Conservation Area, converting it from an office into a new high-end 40-bedroom boutique hotel, with afternoon tea lounges, meeting and event space and a stunning rooftop terrace. An events space and a spa are accommodated within the additional floors, designed to maximise views of the Town Hall and the surrounding city centre skyline. The spa also includes Manchester’s first infinity spa pool that looks out over the Manchester skyline.

It is now a visually stunning addition to Manchester’s hotel sector, which has undergone a challenging conservation project to protect and enhance its Grade II listed status.

Eamonn O’Loughlin said: "We at King Street Townhouse feel privileged to be considered for Greater Manchester’s Chamber of Commerce 2016 Building of the Year Award. We felt that this 1872 Edward Solomon’s Italian renaissance building needed a well deserved restoration to be appreciated by the public, being located in such a prominent and historic area of the city.

"We set about this with two objectives which we feel have been achieved, firstly was to create an internal space that reflected the style and age of the building entirely masking the 80’s built office block previously hidden to the public by the front and rear facades. Secondly was creating a new offering with in the luxury townhouse hotel market more commonly found in the larger cities such as London, Paris and New York.

"Our favourite reaction is watching guest faces when they see the view from the 6th and 7th floor. A view of the Manchester Town Hall at a proximity and angle that the public rarely see, truly stunning."

The other Building of the Year finalists are:

  • Maggie’s at the Christie
  • One New Bailey
  • Ashton Old Baths

The winning building will be announced at the Chamber’s Property and Construction Annual Dinner at The Hilton Deansgate in Manchester on 20th October.

To book a place at the Chamber’s Property and Construction Annual Dinner, visit www.gmchamber.co.uk/events/1073