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Clayton Hotel
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Clayton Hotel

Hotel & Accommodation
“It is thanks to Russell WBHO and the design and engineering teams that we were able to achieve 18 storeys and create the space needed to accommodate the range of facilities that will make the Clayton Manchester the go-to option for business and leisure customers alike,” - Paul Maloney, Dalata Development Construction Manager


329 bed 4* hotel

18 storey new build, plus basement

140 new jobs created

  • Project Status: Completed
  • Location: Manchester
  • Client: Portland Street Property Ltd
  • Contract: JCT2016 Design & Build
  • Architect: Stephenson Studio / Leach Rhodes Walker
  • M&E: Ridge & Partners

The Challenge

Full turnkey development of a new build hotel in Manchester’s Portland Street, one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares, for developer Property Alliance Group and operator Dalata Hotels. Incorporating controlled demolition of an existing building and construction of the 18-storey new build on a constrained site alongside a neighbouring construction project.

Construction of Manchester city centre’s first Clayton Hotel, providing 4* luxury accommodation for business and leisure travellers alike.

Russell WBHO was appointed to the project at 55 Portland Street by developer Property Alliance Group. The scheme is funded by Aviva and will be operated by the Dalata Hotels Group under its Clayton brand. The turnkey project sees Russell WBHO deliver demolition, construction, installation and full fit-out.

Following the controlled demolition of the 50-year-old office block which previously stood on the Sackville Street corner of the site, Russell WBHO constructed the first three floors with in-situ concrete frame to allow for flexibility and open space in the commercial areas.

The ground and first two floors will house the vast reception area and bar, the hotel restaurant, gym, meeting rooms and commercial kitchen. The remaining floors are constructed as a pre-cast concrete frame to house the 329 bedrooms.

Due to the constrained nature of the site, bound by major city centre roads and the challenges of a neighbouring construction project just metres from the site, the lack of space for a service area required the team to secure permission for the use of an area in Sackville Street.

Active liaison was also required with neighbouring contractors, the city council and the client, to minimise disruption and deliver on programme.

A tower crane erected within the footprint of the building was removed in a precision operation just prior to topping out

The concept and external fabric for 55 Portland Street was designed by Stephenson Studio with Leach Rhodes Walker responsible for design delivery. Building services designs are being provided by Ridge and Partners and A & B Engineering, while WSP is responsible for the structural design and Henry Riley acting as the Employers Agent.

“The care and attention to detail of the design and construction teams at Russell WBHO has been second to none and their ability to deliver on programme, considering everything that has happened over the last two years, is nothing short of remarkable.

Having built over 200 developments around Europe with different contractors I can assuredly say Russell WBHO are the best quality driven client oriented contractors I have worked with and have no hesitancy in recommending them,”

Paul Maloney, Dalata Construction Manager Development