Aparthotel brand Native has announced the September opening date for Native Manchester at Ducie Street Warehouse, a new multi-use apartment hotel in the city’s historic Northern Quarter. Spread across six floors of a former Victorian cotton factory close to Manchester Piccadilly Station, the Grade II-listed building has been re-imagined by David Archer of Archer Humphreys Architects – the firm behind Chiltern Firehouse and the new Standard Hotel in London.
The property will feature 166 apartments, including several studios and eight two-bedroom deluxe penthouses with private roof terraces. Each apartment enjoys panoramic city views, a fully equipped kitchen and handpicked 20th century furniture sourced by Conran. Elsewhere throughout the building, wide cast-iron columns and exposed brickwork will be contrasted with warm blues and bright reds in a nod to the building’s industrial heritage.
“With over 180,000 square feet of space, this has been an extraordinary opportunity to take one of the great icons of Manchester’s industrial past and turn it into a major cultural and social destination for the city,” says Guy Nixon, founder and CEO of Native. “We have worked closely with Archer Humphreys to make the most of the original features of the warehouse, preserving the huge glass atrium, the brick arches and thundering iron columns evoking the grandeur of Manchester’s industrial heritage.
“Manchester is such a thriving, culturally rich city and so it seems apt that we are unveiling the new blue print for Native here, one where we’ve brought together innovative independent F&B and fitness operators with whom Native can offer creative spaces for everyone, guests and Mancunians alike, to follow their own path at Ducie Street whether that’s to sleep, work, energise or relax in a welcoming and stylish setting, perfect for those that are culturally curious and mindful of design.”
Also moving into Ducie Street Warehouse is independently-operated CulturePlex, a ground floor social hub from London restaurateurs David Waddington and Pablo Flack. The concept will include a restaurant (Bistrotheque), a mini cinema, bar, coffee counter and flexible events and workspaces.
Meanwhile, innovative fitness brand Blok will be launching their first studio outside of London as part of the project. Set across three studios and led by a number of Manchester’s most renowned fitness instructors, classes will run from 6am until 9pm.
Native Manchester joins a pipeline of openings including Native Bankside, which opened in Summer 2018, and Native Glasgow, which followed in Autumn 2018. Future sites under development include Leeds, York, Bristol, Oxford and London’s Soho.