• 14 December 2021

First guests check in to Moxy Manchester City hotel

Moxy Hotels, the experiential hotel brand part of Marriott Bonvoy, have made their debut in Manchester with the opening of Moxy Manchester City. Designed by ICA Architects, the stylish 146-bedroom facility is located in the city’s popular Spinningfields business and entertainment district, within a few minutes’ walk of city centre shopping, theatres and music venues including the Opera House, Royal Exchange and Albert Hall.

The 15,000 sq ft Invicta House which formerly occupied the site was partially demolished to make way for the nine-storey hotel. Throughout its colourful past, the building played host to a variety of local businesses, including a soda water factory, a manufacturing chemist, a silk finishing factory and most notably, a hat factory.

Moxy Manchester City’s striking external design combines the retained 18th century façade with new Corten weathered steel panels. Internally, raw design materials echo the façade and bring a further industrial edge to the hotel. Guest bedrooms feature plush platform beds, a workspace, lounge chairs, walk-in showers, TV’s with Netflix and open-wall wardrobes.

Bar Moxy – the social heart of the hotel, also serves as the hotel’s front desk, where a ‘Got Moxy’ cocktail is served at check-in, alongside the room key. From brightly coloured pouffe seating, hidden corners, and laid-back sofas to seats at the urban-style wrap-around bar, there’s something for all occasions.

Working closely with owner and developer Khanna Enterprises (KE Hotels), contractor GA Construction and ICA architects, Waterman’s team provided civil, structural, geo-environmental and building services engineering design for this exceptional scheme. During the early design stages, our engineers developed a structural solution which responds to the constrained site caused by restrictive boundary conditions on all sides and planning restrictions on overall height. An in situ reinforced concrete frame superstructure was selected due to its inherently easier buildability compared with steel, providing the shallowest structural depth whilst enhancing the acoustic and fire rating performance of the building.

The building services design required careful consideration to accommodate the required plantroom, general environmental, firefighting and smoke ventilation systems into the restrictive building site. Using an effective collaborative approach, our team worked with the client and design team to successfully deliver energy efficient ventilation, heating and comfort cooling systems that meet the needs of a modern hotel. This included general and feature lighting, app-controlled door access systems, guest room IT and multimedia provisions, all of which complied with the Marriott Brand Standards and Manchester City Council’s energy efficiency criteria.

In a recent statement, Director of KE Hotels, Anil Khanna, said: “Moxy Manchester City will be a new playground for the neighbourhood and city. Our play and stay concept is a new way of travelling, designed to give guests everything they want at an affordable price.”

Robert Bradley, Waterman’s Director for Structures in Manchester, commented: “We are delighted that the new Moxy Manchester City has opened its doors. Our team worked in synergy with KE Hotels to ensure our design retained the building’s historic character, whilst meeting the needs of guests and aligning with the Marriot brand.”

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