The Peninsular Offices and Park Inn Hotel was designed by architect The Manser Practice is located in the green district of Manchester, United Kingdom. The brief was to provide two iconic buildings to a major gateway towards Manchester City Center, a hotel of 252 rooms and an office of 150,000 square feet. Both buildings are accessible via a new plaza set off Cheetham Hill Road. The Park Inn is an elegant black orthogonal building sitting next to the office that has a curved facade contrasts following the sweep Cheetham Hill Road and creates a dramatic statement at the periphery of the site.
The site is adjacent to the green district of Manchester, just north of downtown, close to the Arena Manchester Evening News and Victoria Station. It is bounded by Cheetham Hill Road in the west, IRK River to the east and has a 12m drop across the site from Cheetham Hill road down to river. In response to the existing site topography, the two buildings, a basement under the site. In the case of the hotel, it satisfies the kitchens and back of house areas to a level with a new pool and spa at ground level below. Below the reception desk are four floors of car parking semi basement, accessible from Scotland Road.
The office building is clad in white, curtain wall of glass that contrasts of black and compliments of the hotel. The hotel and office cores are clad in highly reflective black granite polished ceramic producing Crisp clean lines and reflections that change throughout the day. At ground level the two buildings are glazed front and rear views through creating buildings green residential area and beyond, reducing visual barriers buildings from the street. The interiors of the hotel were designed in a modern style and light in bright colors to match the brand Park Inn. The project takes into account the complexities existing topography of the site. The continuity and success of the two buildings was performed using a limited palette of materials and colors. The use of ceramic black granite on two offices of the hotel creates a common language of materials between the two buildings while maintaining their individual aesthetic.