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    MANCHESTER: luxury hotel design scene shows no signs of slowing

    Ahead of Meet Up North 2019 in Manchester, Hotel Designs takes a peak at the northern city’s hotel design scene to establish why it is considered as one of the most fast-growing design hubs in the UK. Editor Hamish Kilburn investigates… 

    Manchester has a lot to be proud of. Not only is it home to two of the country’s most celebrated football teams (one of which is adjacent to a luxury football-themed hotel), the city’s property market has sky-rocketed in recent years.

    With no signs of slowing, the market in Manchester for hotel development has recently been described by real estate experts JLL as being “in a league of its own”. With new hotels planning to pop up to join the hive of activity, Manchester has become a magnet for designers aiming to disrupt conventional hotels and make their mark on the city. Some of the most recent openings include Hotel Indigo Manchester and the highly anticipated arrival of Dakota Manchester – but there’s still more to come.

    In 2019, according to research carried out by Top Hotel Projects, there will be six new hotel openings in Manchester, adding 835 guestrooms into the city. From the year 2020 to 2021, a further 11 more hotels are slated to open, which further indicates that Manchester is anything but at capacity for hotel development.

    Hotel Designs is coming back to Manchester!

    Following the success of Meet Up London, Hotel Designs will take its next Meet Up networking event to Manchester’s Hotel Gotham on July 1. The hotel, which in a few years will become the older and wiser sibling of the brand’s latest hotel that is on boards, The Brooklyn, has been an epicentre of the city’s action since it opened in 2015. The general manager of the hotel and brand, Mario Ovsenjak, and the owner, Robin Sheppard, were both listed in The Brit List 2018 as being among the top hoteliers in the country. Located on the rooftop, Club Brass will transform on July 1 from a private members’ bar  into a premium networking evening for designers, hoteliers, architects and suppliers alike – and here’s how you can get your hands on a ticket.

    Designer, architect and hotelier tickets: £20 + VAT
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    If you are a designer, architect or hoteliers to the industry and would like to attend Meet Up North, click here.

    Supplier tickets: £150 + VAT
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    If you are a supplier to the industry and would like to attend Meet Up North, click here.

    There are also various sponsorship opportunities and packages available for Meet Up North. If you would like to discuss these with our team then please contact Zoe Guerrier by either emailing z.guerrier@forumevents.co.uk or calling 01992 374059.

    Image credit: Hotel Gotham

    The inaugural Meet Up North took place last year at King Street Townhouse and was attended by more than 200 designers, architects, hoteliers and key-industry suppliers.

    About Hotel Gotham

    Hotel Gotham is sheltered in what is arguably the city’s grandest properties and is an exclusive city-centre sanctuary, previously a bank that was designed in 1935 by none other than architect Edwin Lutyens.

    The hotel prides itself on offering a modern and comfortable experience in a unique and luxurious environment, with exquisite service all within a bespoke private club in the heart of Manchester.

    Main image credit: 20 Stories Manchester

    Hamish Kilburn / 15.05.2019

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