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Hyatt Regency Manchester 

This 328-room dual-branded hotel, comprising Hyatt Regency and Hyatt House was originally designed as a Crowne Plaza and Staybridge Suites. The double-decker building, so called because one brand is placed on top of the other, is in the vanguard of a growing trend for dual-branded properties in the UK. The hotel is located in the heart of Manchester’s University district.

The Hyatt Regency occupies the lower 12-storeys with 212 guest rooms, a 120-seat restaurant, bar, fully equipped 24-hour gym, club lounge and seven state-of-the-art meeting rooms catering for over 200 delegates.

Our client M&L Hospitality asked us to rethink the existing interior design scheme for both brands to create an exciting product that responds to guests’ expectations and the location. It was also important to create an identity for the two brands which, while interlinked, created a distinction which could be felt by guests.

Our design reflects the rich history of the location with influence from the city’s textile, weaving and cloth-making industrial heritage.

In the Hyatt Regency, we used layered screening to create intimate spaces within the open plan, three-story volume of the ground floor reception and all-day dining restaurant. A feature glass screen, interlayered with fabric, is backlit to frame the reception desk and directly links to Manchester’s textile heritage. An open kitchen in the all-day dining area creates theatre engaging diners and passing guests. The lounge offers a more intimate space for working and relaxing, lined with book shelves akin to the University library.

The bar has been made more intimate with lowered ceiling and copper mesh panels layering the back bar and walls. Dark earthy tones on the furniture create a richness which is relaxed and enveloping. From the bar, the space opens onto the three-storey, high café lounge. Sweeping bespoke light pendants, and the continuation of the metal mesh wall panels, are softened by lush greenery from planters and a denser green wall section.

The Hyatt Regency’s first floor is dedicated to the executive lounge and gym, linked to the ground floor lobby via a grand staircase. The grand staircase continues up to the second floor, where a large pre-function space offers views over the cafe lounge to the ground floor below and welcomes guests to the Creative Attic; an informal meeting space designed to be more conducive to relaxed, innovative thinking.

M&L Hospitality
Manchester, United Kingdom
Completed 2018
212 keys
Alex Armistead