North West’s first ‘modular’ hotel takes shape at TraffordCity
WORK has started on the North West’s first “modular” hotel made entirely from shipping containers.
Located next to Manchester’s EventCity venue, it is one of the first Holiday Inn Express ‘Generation 4’ in the UK to be built using this construction technique.
The purpose-built steel containers arrive on site complete with fully finished interior fixtures and fittings, incorporating full height windows, carpet, wallpaper, ceiling and light fittings.
Tower Hotel Management, part of the Peel Group, has been awarded the management contract to operate the new 220-bedroom Holiday Inn Express hotel at TraffordCity, Manchester.
Peter de la Perrelle, Managing Director of Tower Hotel Management, said: “It’s fantastic to see the hotel taking form so quickly thanks to this new approach to the design and build process.
“Tower Hotel Management is delighted to have been chosen to operate this new hotel and we are looking toward a May 2017 finish.
“In a prime location, Holiday Inn Express TraffordCity is ideally suited to serve the huge numbers of both leisure and business travellers visiting EventCity, intu Trafford Centre and the wider TraffordCity area.
“The planned arrival of the TfGM Metrolink line in several years’ time will only increase the hotel’s appeal.
“We’re looking forward to working directly with EventCity to offer streamlined services to visitors, and also with the Topland Group, joint funders of this hotel.”
The hotel is the first project by the joint venture, Topland Group, Marick Capital and Mill Lane Estates. Architects for the project are Chapman Taylor and the main contractors are Bowmer and Kirkland.
PICTURE (from left): Edward Matthews of Topland Group, Gary Lewis construction manager from Bowmer & Kirkland, Brandon Riley, director at Mill Lane Estates, Peter De La Perrelle, managing director of Tower Hotel Management, Lionel Benjamin of Topland Group.