Cow Hollow Hotel, Manchester


A P Architects were appointed to provide architectural services, from planning to construction, to help our Client convert a disused warehouse into a 17-bed boutique hotel.

Set in Manchester’s thriving Northern Quarter and in the heart of the Stevenson Square Conservation area, the existing building is in prime location amongst several listed buildings of high architectural significance. The disused building was in a dilapidated condition but exudes character and fantastic potential to create an individual contemporary – chic feel.

In the process of applying for a Change of Use application, A P Architects prepared information to satisfy the planners that the conversion would contribute positively to the surrounding buildings, local area and economy. Upgrades were proposed to ensure the building was suitable for its proposed use and pragmatically complied with relevant policy and regulations which included a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM rating.

The proposals looked at maximising the floor space available by bringing the basement back into use by re-instating the original window and tanking the internal walls to ensure no water would penetrate the building. A P Architects also led discussions with Building Control and Manchester Fire Department to find a solution where we could have a single stair serving the whole building.

Currently under development, the Client is making steady progress with the works and is already thinking about the finer touches such as branded slippers for a grand opening estimated early 2015!


Cow Hollow Hotel

Estimated Construction Cost:

£1.2 million approx

Project Team

Architect: A P Architects, Structural Engineer: Romala Design, BREEAM: Valco Services, Ashmount Consulting Engineers, First City.

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