New 224 room Staycity aparthotel planned in Manchester city centre

A PLANNING application for a brand new 224 bedroom aparthotel in Manchester city centre has been submitted to the local city council.

The island plot for the nine storey building is bounded by Mason Street, Addington Street, Cable Street and Cross Keys Street in the north east of the city, close to the large NOMA development.

Dublin-based Staycity is named as the planned operator for the aparthotel in planning documents for the scheme, which would replace a 1200 sq metre car park in the north east of the city.

The application from developer CEPF II Mason Street Developments Limited says there “is a clear need to further expand and diversify stock in terms of quantum and offer type to keep pace with the future growth of the tourism industry in Manchester which is anticipated, and help the city to compete for tourism and business requirements on an international stage.”

A new 114 bed aparthotel from Roomzzz at the former Corn Exchange in Manchester is due to open in Spring 2018.

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Operator for new 116-room aparthotel in Liverpool announced

The operator of a brand new 116-room aparthotel in Liverpool has been announced by the developer, Elliot Group.

Paul Adams, who already runs a cocktail bar in the city with Steven Gerrard, and the Vincent Hotel in Stockport will run the new Times by Vincent aparthotel.

The £20million project in Seel Street in the Ropewalks area of Liverpool could be open by December 2017 and will have the city’s first rooftop pool.

“Liverpool’s strong convention and leisure markets as well as the development’s Ropewalks location make an apart-hotel format the natural choice, given the number of multi-guest parties that we expect to use the hotel,” commented Mr Adams.

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New serviced apartments proposed at historic site in Aberdeen

AN ABERDEEN hospital which dates back to the mid-18th century could be turned in to serviced apartments if a new proposal gets the go-ahead.

The plans to transform the former Woolmanhill Hospital are to be submitted to local planners by developer CAF Properties alongside NHS Grampian, reports the BBC.

27 serviced apartments could be created at the site as well as a boutique hotel with 50 guestrooms. Both would be operated by Glasgow-based G1 Group.

A number of residential apartments would also be built with a new central square at the heart of the development.

CAF Properties submitted a Proposal of Application Notice to Aberdeen City Council in February which allows for the required public consultation period prior to a full planning application being lodged.

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Serviced accommodation for 2015 autumn party conference season

It’s been a tumultuous year so far on the political stage with a General Election result that few predicted and the resignation of two party leaders.

Delegates will be gathering at their respective party conferences this autumn with much to discuss about this year’s election results and the battles ahead.

For visitors to party conferences, serviced apartments make a great alternative to conventional hotels with more space, privacy and convenience. It can also make it a cost effective way for delegates to share the cost of accommodation while in town the the conference.

Lib Dem Conference – Bournemouth – 19th September – 23rd September

Labour Party Conference – Brighton – 27th September – 30th September
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Conservative Party Conference – Manchester – 4th October – 7th October
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Dates and links for SNP and UKIP conferences will be added when the information is available.

Work under way at Greenwich serviced apartments

Hotel construction site by the O2

CONSTRUCTION work is under way next to the O2 where one hundred serviced apartments are being built.

The building site at the tip of the Greenwich peninsula is pictured above.

Once complete, the development will have a large, high quality hotel, a huge ballroom and convention space and a tower of one hundred serviced apartments.

The scheme was granted planning permission back in 2010 and work finally got started last year.

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Work begins on new Greenwich serviced apartments

CONSTRUCTION has finally got under way on a major new hotel and serviced apartment development next to the O2 in Greenwich.

Local dignitaries recently attended a ground-breaking ceremony for the project which will see a new luxury hotel built with over 400 rooms and a landmark 23-storey tower with 100 serviced apartments.

Greenwich Council gave planning permission back in October 2010 for the scheme which will also include a huge new ballroom and exhibition space.

The hotel and apartments will be managed by the InterContinential Hotels brand

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New serviced apartments proposed in Brighton

BRIGHTON could soon have 56 new serviced apartments to offer visitors.

Developers have applied to the council to build a new boutique style apart-hotel with 56 self contained apartments.

The Light Queen Square is being proposed by Stonehurst Properties who already operate The Light in Manchester.

The six storey building would predominately offer guests one-bedroom apartments with a small number of two-bed apartments and have a ground floor restaurant.

Plans were initially submitted earlier this year after being withdrawn and amended after local concerns were raised. The architects behind the scheme are Brighton-based Conran and Partners.

Brighton and Hove council is currently considering the application, which will require the demolition of a former ice rink to proceed.

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Football to spread London 2012 cheer around the UK

LONDON 2012 is almost upon us but the events are not confined just to the capital.

Soccer teams from around the world will compete for the gold medal when this summer’s Olympics gets under way, including a Great Britain team that should see players from across the union playing for their country.

But football matches for London 2012 won’t just be in London, they’ll be spreading the Olympic cheer around the country. The six stadia selected as grounds at London 2012 are:

London – Wembley
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Cardiff – Millennium Stadium
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Coventry – City of Coventry Stadium

Manchester – Old Trafford
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Glasgow – Hampden Park
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Newcastle – St James’ Park
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Party conferences 2012

If you’re attending any of the main party political conferences in 2012, it may pay to consider a serviced apartment rather than a hotel. Apartments offer great value for money for groups so if there’s several from your constituency going, you could make a saving by sharing.

Spring Conferences

Liberal Democrats
9-11 March 2012 – Newcastle
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Conservative Party
3 March 2012 – London
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Autumn Conferences

Conservative Party
7-10 October 2012 – The ICC, Birmingham
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Labour Party 
30 September -4 October 2012 – Manchester Central, Manchester
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Liberal Democrats
22-26 September 2012 – Brighton
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London has a new royal borough

Royal Greenwich - Greenwich Fireworks

A NEW royal borough was created in London last week when Greenwich joined the elite club.

The honour was bestowed on the borough in south east London in recognition of his history of royal patronage. It is the first borough to be recognised in this way for over 80 years and joins Kingston, Kensington & Chelsea and Windsor & Maidenhead.

Greenwich’s council leader, Chris Roberts, and mayor travelled to Westminster to collect the Royal Charter which confirmed their royal status, and then kicked off a weekend of celebrations.

The Royal Borough of Greenwich, as it is now known, includes Greenwich, Eltham, Woolwich, Charlton, Plumstead and part of Thamesmead.

It is a big year for the borough as it is set to play host to several Olympic events, the reopening of the Cutty Sark and several anniversaries such as the National Maritime Museum’s 75th.

Next year London will get its first international cruise terminal when Enderby Wharf is developed in Greenwich.

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