Buttress Architects’ conversion of a shipping warehouse into Manchester’s first easyHotel is to start on site on 27 June.
The 115-bed hotel is conceived as a series of rooms ‘stored’ within the refurbished Bradley House in the city’s Northern Quarter. Buttress has designed a new easyHotel branded room to be installed within the listed building, allowing the character and features of the warehouse to be expressed around them.
The building will be restored with new windows to the ground and lower ground floors, reinstating the original facades. The original goods entrance on Dale St once again becomes the main entry to the building, leading into a compact reception space whose glazed screen defines the public and private areas of the hotel.
Gavin Sorby, Managing Director of Buttress Architects says: “It’s a fantastic use for a building that has gone through a difficult period in recent years, and a great location for the hotel. The wider advantage of easyHotel is the contribution it will make to the rejuvenation of this part of Manchester. The absence of front of house facilities within the hotel creates a ready market for nearby businesses to service.”
Buttress is working with Paragon Building Consultancy as Project Manager, and integrated property services and projects delivery specialist Styles&Wood as main contractor on the scheme.
This is the first of a number of planned developments for the easyHotel Group which is actively considering other sites and buildings, with Buttress, in key cities across the UK.