Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre
Situated in the heart of Manchester beside the city’s buzzing Northern Quarter, this new 298-key hotels is rooted in the city’s industrial and cultural heritage – interior designed by Dexter Moren Associates, an award-winning and internationally renowned London-based hospitality specialist architects and interior design practice.
Premier Construction spoke to David Harte, Interior Designer and Áine McGuinness, Marketing Co-ordinator at Dexter Moren Associates, to discuss the project.
Áine described the DMA design approach:
“Our ethos at Dexter Moren Associates is ‘creating places where people want to stay’ and we are committed to providing a creative approach, producing custom made designs that respond directly to location and context – while also managing to successfully meet the needs of our client.”
David told us:
“We focused on the signature Holiday Inn open lobby brand concept – combining the open plan reception, restaurant and lounge with a distinctive contextual approach, integrating elements of the city’s cultural identity to create a fresh design concept; featuring familiar references to Manchester’s musical and industrial heritage.”
This creative approach and inspiration is immediately evident in the lobby space with its graphic pops and patterns and orange, yellow and blues in the fabrics that are reminiscent of the palette used in the album artwork of Peter Saville – the iconic graphic designer for Factory Records and renowned with the Hacienda nightclub scene. Another playful design element that directly references the Manchester music scene is the lyric wall – featuring the words to songs by bands such as Oasis, Elbow and Take That.
“The contextual concept focus then shifts to the textile industries which inspired the scheme for the guestroom – reflected in the design of the carpets and wallcoverings. The guestrooms are fresh and minimalist in keeping with the brand standards, styled with bright cushions, curtains and throws for contrast. “
“We recognised the importance of this Holiday Inn and its central location in Manchester and we wanted to build on this dynamic and integrate the significance of the city’s culture and heritage into the design. We also were aware that we wanted to make the design and layout appeal to a wide clientele base – for both leisure and business guests – by providing engaging public spaces and high quality conference and meeting facilities.”
David concluded with:
“There is a quote by the legendary Tony Wilson (of Factory Records fame) illuminated in neon lights on the ground floor reading ‘This is Manchester, we do things differently here’ and I think this perfectly sums up the significance of the city, the hotel brand, our approach and this particular design concept.”
The Holiday Inn Manchester city centre is now open. McAleer & Rushe was the main contractor on the project.
Essential Design Group
Essential Design Group specialise in the manufacture of bespoke joinery items & fire door sets, for use in the construction industry. The company has been in operation since 2001 and within this time has worked on a range of projects, including Wates House for Gilbert Ash; HMS Caroline for The Hub; Lews Castle for Graham Group; and Premier Inn for McAleer & Rushe.
Most recently, Essential Design Group has been involved in the Holiday Inn Manchester, providing the hotel with new doors and associated joinery items. The project saw Essential Design Group work, once again, alongside McAleer & Rushe.
Rebecca Higgins of Essential Design Group, said:
“To be recognised by a blue chip company like McAleer & Rushe, is an honour. This project gives McAleer & Rushe the confidence in our company to complete other projects similar to this.”
“At Essential Design Group we pride ourselves in delivering work on time, every time, and within budget, regardless of the ever-changing designs on site.”