Maldron Hotel is ideally located at the intersecting point of Manchester’s Innovation district, Corridor Manchester and the Rail Corridor, a collection of developing districts located between the inner ring road and the railway viaduct. This is an area that continues to undergo significant growth and development.
Responding to a market demand for a leisure focussed hotel within Manchester city centre, the proposed hotel is complimented by a 375sq m bar and restaurant on the ground floor and a business suite with meeting rooms on the first floor, providing a high degree of active frontage at street level, whilst internally forming a sequence of public spaces accessed from the main core.
The massing and layout respond to operator requirements and site constraints, creating a layout of twin and double bedrooms at the required quantum and efficiency per floor. The form responds to the city centre site constraints and its proximity to the rail viaduct. To the south, the hotel massing steps back incrementally from the street to create an increased level of separation from the adjacent Circle Square development, improving the quality of space at pedestrian level. The form steps out to the north to create a city-centre facing elevation above the viaduct.
The material strategy responds to the characteristics found in the materials and details of neighbouring buildings within the adjacent conservation area, such as the variegated colours and motifs within the terracotta and brick used in the neighbouring Principal Hotel. These are re-interpreted and applied in a contemporary way, using pre-cast stone panels with a combination of medium acid-etch and retarded finishes.