First Moxy Manchester hotel moves to next phase

Manchester’s first Moxy Hotel has moved one phase closer to opening after Law firm Kuits helped obtain its licence required for its launch in the city.

Developed by independent hotel operator KE Hotels, the 145-bedroom hotel will sit on the edge of Spinningfields on Atkinson Street, on the site of a former Victorian hat factory previously known as Invicta House.

The Moxy brand was launched in 2016 by Marriott in Milan and is described as “a millennial-focused boutique concept” designed for “fun-hunter travellers”. It debuted in the UK in December 2016 at Aberdeen International Airport and already has 12 venues across the country.

This will be the first Moxy-branded hotel in Manchester and, together with an existing hotel in Chester and plans already underway for a Liverpool offering, will form part of a “magic triangle” for the brand in the North West.

KE said development is “well underway” on the site of Moxy Manchester, with Belfast-based Gilbert-Ash tasked with construction of the new boutique hotel. Central to the building’s redevelopment is the preservation of the listed Victorian façade; a steel frame has been erected to protect this piece of Manchester’s industrial heritage.

Anil Khanna, director of KE Hotels, said: “We are looking forward to bringing a new brand to Manchester, which we believe will be an exciting addition to a vibrant, expanding city and, with its fabulous location in Spinningfields, will be the perfect location for the business and leisure traveller.”

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