Green light for KE Hotels & Henry Boot Developments’ Silk Works scheme

Planning permission has been granted for KE Hotels and Henry Boot Developments’ (HBD) Silk Works scheme giving the go-ahead for a 145-bed boutique hotel, the first in Spinningfields, Manchester.

HBD is the property development division of Henry Boot PLC, one of the UK’s leading property and construction companies. Its Manchester business has grown significantly in recent years with the firm investing heavily in the city. UK wide, 2016 saw HBD build out 875,000 sq ft space, pre-fund £600m worth of development and enter into £306m worth of building contracts.

Situated on Atkinson Street and Scott Place, the nine-storey Silk Works scheme will be a newly constructed building that will sit behind the existing façade on Atkinson Street, creating a 58,800 sq ft hotel. Works will start soon with construction commencing within six months.

Moxy was launched in 2016 with its first hotel in Milan. It debuted in the UK in December last year at Aberdeen International Airport. A millennial-focused boutique hotel concept, it combines smart service and technology with contemporary style aimed at ‘fun hunter travellers’.

Dean Thompson, regional manager for HBD in the North West, said: “We’re pleased to be working with Khanna Enterprises to bring the Moxy brand to Manchester – the Silk Works is a beautiful heritage building, so it will be great to see it back to its best and bringing something new to the city. We’ve had overwhelmingly positive feedback since submitting the change of use application back in May and the team is looking forward to getting started.”

Anil Khanna, director of Khanna Enterprises, said: “KE Hotels are looking forward to developing and operating Moxy by Marriott in Spinningfields which has become the city’s leading business destination and a place to eat, drink and shop. It is very exciting for this location to be the only hotel in Spinningfields.”

NJL Consulting is advising on planning and ICA Architects are the appointed architect for the scheme.

HBD currently has more than 600,000 sq ft under development in Manchester, including the Silk Works and Kampus, its £250m mixed-use scheme, a JV with Capital & Centric. The developer has also recently purchased the Equitable Building fronting St Ann’s Square, the iconic former home of Habitat.