Motel One


Project: Motel One/Staycity, Manchester
Client: Russell’s Construction
Value: £9m

  • 20-storey £9 million MEP project
  • Modular units supplied as part of a pre-cast approach
  • Confined access city centre location

Genlec has been appointed to deliver a full M&E package for Russell’s Construction at the 20-storey Motel One and Staycity scheme in Manchester City Centre under a £9million contract.

M&E Works

The large scale mechanical and electrical programme began in September 2019 and is expected to take some 21 months to complete.

The towering new structure, being built on behalf of Property Alliance Group, is located at the site of the former Peterloo House at 3 St Peter’s Square. The project will see the creation of 328 hotel rooms for Motel One, which will occupy levels ground to eight, while Staycity Aparthotels will provide 256 studios and one-bedroom units under its premium ‘Wilde Aparthotels’ brand on floors nine to 20.

Extensive preparatory works have taken place during the months prior, with Genlec supplying modular units to concrete suppliers for precast fixing. The firms will work closely together during installation, using a ground-up floor-by-floor approach.

“This is a huge project overall, and a particularly large-scale M&E contract that applies a range of approaches from traditional install to precast/modular. The busy and confined city centre location has to an extent dictated this approach and this will undoubtedly be the biggest challenge throughout. A close collaborative working relationship between the client and the rest of the supply chain will be incredibly important throughout”

Stephen Crosthwaite, Commercial Director of Genlec

A site team of approximately 20 operatives, plus an in-house management team are now on site. During peak points, however, this figure will rise significantly taking the Genlec workforce to around 40-plus.

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