The Hut Group submits plans to transform key Manchester city centre buildings

The Hut Group has submitted plans to expand its boutique city centre hotel to include serviced apartments, ‘state of the art’ events spaces and a rooftop terrace.

THG, which had a busy 2020 that included floating on the London Stock Exchange and creating 3,000 jobs, wants to bring three vacant units near its King Street Townhouse Hotel back into use. It hopes to turn them into ‘high-quality’ facilities, associated with the four-star hotel.

The firm led by CEO Matthew Moulding acquired the Grade II listed building on Booth Street, along with the Great John Street Hotel, in a deal believed to be in the region of £50m in 2019, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

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.

But 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 a ‘luxury’ shopping outlet on the ground floor.

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

A view of the Kennedy Street buildings from the King Street Townhouse hotel. Pic free to use with credit to
(Image: EPR Architects/The Hut Group)

THG wants to retain 24 Kennedy Street for residential use but transform it into a ‘luxury townhouse for private rental to cater to high net-worth individuals’.

It would boast a rooftop event space, two private terraces and a ‘state of the art immersive media suite’.

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

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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