Manchester’s First Street welcomes Meliá hotel alongside Cornerhouse and Library Theatre Company

By Dean Wilkins

Spanish hotel group Meliá have announced its first UK Innside hotel will form part of the city’s £80million First Street North development.

Plans have been submitted to Manchester City Council this week, with developers hoping to begin construction in July 2012 with the plan to have it fully open by summer 2014.

City chiefs hope that the First Street North development, which will also include a new cultural centre housing the a merged Cornerhouse and Library Theatre, will ultimately create 10,000 new jobs for Manchester city.

Gabriel Escarrer, chief executive and vice chairman of Meliá, said: “We are hugely excited about the culture-led vision for First Street in Manchester, a world-class city, ready for an Innside-brand hotel. Within our strategy to expand in the main European cities, the group is looking forward, subject to planning approval, to being located at such a vibrant destination.”

The plans for the 60,000sq ft £20m culture centre incorporate two theatres, five cinema screens, together with galleries and restaurants, overlooking a new outdoor performance space.

First Street North
FIRST STREET NORTH: Construction will begin in July finishing in 2014 

First Street North’s entire development will span 500,000sq ft as Manchester City Council hopes to attract one million people to the 24/7 area.

Currently the city has a £5.4billion tourism industry, supporting 75,000 jobs.

Manchester City Council leader Sir Richard Leese said: “The First Street North scheme and Meliá’s choice of the city centre as their first UK investment for the Innside brand, is a multi million pound vote of confidence in Manchester’s vision and ambition and is especially welcome in the current economic climate.”

Ian Simpson Architects designed the other buildings, including the Meliá hotel, a 700-space multi-storey car park, a 12-storey budget hotel and 30,000 sq ft of retail/leisure over 8-10 units.


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