Premier Inn, Manchester

Facing Brick, Offsite solutions


Premier Inn Hotel



Main contractor

Russell's Construction


Roger Stephenson Architects

Year complete



In the heart of Manchester’s citycentre, on the edge of a key conservation area, the PremierInn is a new build hotel providing 193 bedrooms over 12 storeys.The £10m flagship hotel is situated in an ideal location for Premier Inn’starget customers, commuters and visitors; on the junction of three busy citycentre routes and near Manchester’s Piccadilly Station and central shops andrestaurants.

The design concept, proposed byManchester’s Roger Stephenson Architects, was based around the idea of a solidmass that had formed and been carved away. Keyto the development, was the need to visually integrate the new build withthe surrounding local architecture, whilst adding some modern designfeatures. Manchester’s city centre is home to a mix of Victorian warehouses,many of which are listed buildings, therefore it was crucial that theappropriate facade material was selected to meet the design specification.


Taylor Maxwell were approached to advise and support this development and, relying on a comprehensive local knowledge, assisted the specification of two types of European facing bricks, previously used in Manchester and supported by Manchester City Council. A total of circa 70,000 facing bricks were supplied by Taylor Maxwell, alongside a phenolic-backed brick slip system and mineral wool boards.

The chosen palette of materials was selected by the architect to include a reflective black brick to provide a sense of depth to the building’s elevations, whilst the carved elements of the building are expressed with the use of a matt black facing brick. “Due to the scale of the building, a standard matt black brick would have made the building appear slightly brutal and oppressive,” added Andrew Edmunds from Roger Stephenson Architects, “we wanted to specify a black brick which would provide the facade with a depth of colour and reflective nature that would change as you walk around the building”. The palette selected is noted to emulate the appearance of nearby railway arches on the approach to Piccadilly Station.

Taylor Maxwell’s Chris Taylor commented, “To assist with speed of construction and as a result of a number of challenges arising from the constrained site right in the heart of the city, it was decided that the building would be constructed using off site precast concrete panels with the brick slips laid in-situ”.



The innovative sandwich panelconstruction technique was used to construct the shell of the hotel, whichallowed contractors Russells Construction to erect all 11 upper floors at arate of one per week, saving an overall build time of three months on traditionalbrickwork installation and enabling project delivery ahead of schedule. The precastpanels, including the insulation, brickwork and glazing elements, were able tobe completed off-site under strict factory quality conditions, which providedan ideal solution for this controlled build.

The precast concrete system has beenhailed for its speed of construction and aesthetic finish. The system alsohelps to improve safety, particularly on a constricted city centre site, withthe need for scaffolding, bricklayers and glaziers working at a height removed,and panels being installed with a single tower crane.

This hotel is Premier Inn’s fourth operation in Manchester city centre and has helped to meet demand driven by Manchester’s conferences, sports and entertainment events.

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