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Radisson Blu Manchester Airport

The refurbishment of The Radisson Blu at Manchester Airport is currently the North’s biggest hotel investment programme.

The project, which began in April 2013, has been designed to radically transform the airport’s flagship hotel and once complete will showcase an array of improved facilities.

The iconic hotel, which originally opened in 1998, is being refurbished in three phases, with Phase One of the project taking place now. The scheme is set to run until 2015 with Thomas Johnstone as the main contractor and Graven Images providing all architectural services.

Discussing the important project for The Rezidor Hotel Group, Area Vice President UK & Ireland for Carlson Rezidor, Richard Moore, said:

“This is an exciting time for the hotel and we are delighted to be able to put such a considerable amount of investment into this flagship property – the level of detail in the design and the thought processes behind the food and drink concept will create a real destination for our guests and the airport community.”

Radisson Blu Manchester Airport

Phase One of the project comprises the transformation of the hotel’s reception and lobby; restaurant and bar; 120 business class bedrooms and suites; and the airport’s largest functions and events area, which includes 27 meeting rooms. In addition, the existing observatory suite is also being transformed into a business class lounge, complete with private reception and dedicated check-in facility for business class room guests.

As part of the project the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, now known as Collage, has doubled in size with three unique zones created to provide social, private and individual dining areas, all benefiting from panoramic views of the airport.

Meanwhile, the hotel’s bar will become a destination in itself, with the ambience changing throughout the day courtesy of an eclectic mix of seating, lighting and music, including live DJs during the evening.

Guest bedrooms at the hotel have been designed to create an uncluttered and calming mood and include the latest interactive technology. The room palette features a rich dark-stained ash timber, greys and silver grey wall coverings and fabrics, with a feature highlight colour of rich violet added to elements such as cushions and bed throws.

Radisson Blu Manchester Airport

Phase One of the refurbishment of Radisson Blu Manchester Airport is scheduled to reach completion by the end of September 2013. Meanwhile, Phase Two of the programme, which covers an additional 120 guest bedrooms will be completed in early 2014, with Phase Three concluding the project in 2015.

Operated by The Rezidor Hotel Group, Radisson Blu offers first class service, providing guests with a contemporary hospitality experience. To date, Radisson Blu has received numerous awards and currently includes more than 265 hotels in its portfolio, across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

As well as offering the largest airport conference facilities, the Radisson Blu Hotel Manchester Airport, is the only hotel with a direct link to the airport, as well as rail and coach stations.

For more information about Radisson Blu Hotel Manchester, or other hotels in the portfolio, please visit:

Radisson Blu Manchester Airport

Spectrum Fire Protection (UK) Ltd 

Spectrum Fire Protection (UK) Ltd specialise in the design, installation and project management of electrical and mechanical fire protection and life safety systems. The company was set up in 1989 and over the past 24 years they continue to work with leading names including Toyota UK, Rolls Royce, Barnardos, Pertemps and Carlson Rezidor hotels.

The scope of projects that they undertake include bespoke fire protection solutions to power stations, test cells, data rooms and high asset protection.

At present, Spectrum Fire Protection (UK) Ltd is installing a networked fire detection and alarm system into the Radisson Blu Hotel Manchester Airport. The work includes installing temporary fire detection interfaced with voice and public address systems.

Radisson Blu Manchester Airport

Spectrum Fire Protection (UK) Ltd Managing Director, Paul Kerman, commented:

“This project is the first large Radisson Blu hotel that Spectrum has been involved in. This project was awarded to Spectrum following the tried and tested fire protection solutions design and installed by Spectrum at the 898-bed Park Inn Hotel Heathrow Airport during 2012.

“This is a phased project, so we are keeping the infrastructure running without any down time using a radio based network manufactured by Inim Electronics.”

Radisson Blu Manchester Airport


Scanomat specialise in innovative commercial coffee equipment and premium quality coffee. Home to the revolutionary TopBrewer, the world’s first mobile and tablet activated coffee machine, Scanomat have created a whole new category of coffee machine for the Hospitality sector.

Radisson Blu Manchester Airport

Within the refurbishment of Radisson Blu Manchester, Scanomat are supplying the TopBrewer coffee machine as it fits perfectly with the contemporary design of the hotel. The TopBrewer, with its sleek stainless steel swan neck tap, is being installed in the newly refurbished bar area of the site’s stylish restaurant and will be operated via an iPad installed with the TopBrewer app.

Radisson Blu Manchester Airport

Scanomat Sales Director, Tina Williams, said:

“This project allows us to showcase the versatility of the TopBrewer in a professional barista service operation. The TopBrewer at Radisson is positioned behind the bar, operated by the barista and in full view of the customer. Utilising the customisation feature on the iPad & iPhone, the barista can now use his barista skills in a modern way! The guys have great fun showing customers how they can have their coffee ‘just the way they like it’ and save their favourite for their next visit to the Radisson.”

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