22-storey Manchester aparthotel plans to be decided this week

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UK: Developer Ask Real Estate's plans for a 22-storey aparthotel on Manchester's Deansgate will be decided this week.

The company submitted the proposals earlier this year for a site comprising a commercial unit and servicing yard, as well as two enclosed arches underneath the grade II-listed Castlefield Viaduct.

Its proposed development will feature 279 aparthotel beds, 28 cycle spaces and a coffee shop, with two commercial units in the arches. A development agreement has been signed with StayCity, subject to planning approval, making it the operator’s fourth site in the city.

A report to council chief executive Joanne Roney, who has delegated powers to make decisions under the current circumstances from recommendations made by head of planning Julie Roscoe, said: "The proposal would have a positive impact on the regeneration of this part of the city centre and contribute to the supply of aparthotel accommodation. Alterations to the viaduct arches would result in the introduction of an active frontage to the street level and improvements to the public realm along Whitworth Street West, together with street trees outside the main entrance along Deansgate."

Roney is set to make her decision on June 25.

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