The Hut Group to add serviced apartments to Manchester boutique hotel

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UK: The Hut Group (THG) has submitted plans to add serviced apartments, events spaces and a rooftop terrace to buildinsg adjacent to its King Street Townhouse Hotel.

THG, which floated on the London Stock Exchange in 2020, is led by CEO Matthew Moulding. It acquired the hotel, a Grade II listed building on Booth Street, along with the Great John Street Hotel, in a c£50 million deal in 2019.

Manchester Council has already approved a planning application for a members-only gym and spa in a neighbouring building which will connect through to King Street Townhouse.

The latest plans concern three vacant buildings behind the hotel on Kennedy Street, two of which were previously used as officers and the other as a private residence. One of the buildings, 16 Kennedy Street, would serve as the headquarters for Espa, one of several beauty and health brands owned by THG.

It would also include treatment training studios for spa staff and retail space on the ground floor.

Next door at 20 Kennedy Street the building would be converted into six serviced apartments tied to King Street Townhouse, along with an events space, cafe and roof terrace.

The exteriors of all three buildings would also be restored and repaired under the proposals lodged by EPR Architects on behalf of THG.

A statement submitted with the planning application says: "The offerings at these properties will provide the Manchester hospitality market with a high quality serviced accommodation and state of the art event spaces in the financial heart of the city. The properties offer architectural character, bespoke high-class interiors and multiple guest and patron experiences, including a vibrant ground floor cafe in 20 Kennedy Street as well as the event space and rooftop terrace with unrivalled views of Manchester Town Hall. The pursuit of quality and luxury is the driver both internally and externally and we anticipate these properties being some of the most desirable places to stay and entertain in Manchester."



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