University of Manchester’s Chancellors Hotel completes £4m makeover
Refurbishment of the conference, wedding and leisure venue was carried out to its 68 standard bedrooms, four executive suites and bridal suite, including new furniture, fixtures and fittings and bathrooms.
Improvements were also made to all public areas, including the hotel reception, meeting rooms, corridors, bar, lounges and the conservatory. A new lift has also been installed along with a new plant room.
Recom Solutions, based in Salford Quays, managed the project and Manchester & Cheshire Construction was the main contractor.
Chancellors lies in 5.5 acres of gardens and comprises a grade II listed mansion with bedroom extension. The mansion was built in 1850 for Sir Joseph Whitworth and in 1882 was leased to CP Scott, editor of The Manchester Guardian.
After Scott’s death, the property was bequeathed to the university and was the vice-chancellor’s residence until 1997, when it was converted into a hotel.
Recom’s team was led by director Jason McKnight and Gemma Price, who managed the project on a day-to-day basis.
The firm was appointed in March last year and managed the fast-track scheme from start to finish, including a feasibility study, obtaining planning and listed building consent, procuring all consultants and managing the tender process for the appointment of the main contractor.
Jason said: “The entire project took under 11 months from inception to completion, which was a massive feat for everyone concerned. Careful planning and preparation were paramount to achieving a successful outcome.
“We are delighted to add Chancellors Hotel to our portfolio of completed projects and proud to be delivering such fantastic schemes for clients such as The University of Manchester.”
Eugene O’Callaghan, commercial director at Manchester & Cheshire, said: “This prestigious project strengthens our ties with the University of Manchester and Recom, and underlines our expertise in the leisure and heritage sectors.”
Simon Mason, general manager at Chancellors Hotel, said: “We are thrilled to have reopened the hotel following an extensive refurbishment programme which was planned with precision and delivered to a high standard.”
Working alongside Recom and Manchester & Cheshire on the project were building surveyor SDA Consulting, interior designer Wilson Mason, structural engineer Thomasons and mechanical and electrical consultants from WYG.