The Grade II listed building opposite Piccadilly railway station will be refurbished and expanded to include a 91-bedroom hotel and spa, restaurants, bars, flats and offices.
Two years ago it was acquired by Allied London from previous owner Britannia Hotels which had let the building lie empty and decaying over many years despite being given full planning permission for a 227-room hotel in 2010.
Allied London said the multi-million pound plans would breathe new life into the building. The developer said the scheme’s focus was always on protection and preservation to ensure the building’s Edwardian charm remained intact.
Original features, including the slate roof, timber, brickwork, stone and tiles will be preserved. Council officers vowed that any fixtures and fittings which couldn’t be used would be retained and documented before their future use or donation was decided.
A central vision would see the courtyard opened up with a striking glass centrepiece leading into the basement.
Michael Ingall, chief executive of Allied London, told the Manchester Evening News: “We can now start a careful and considered process to create something quite special for our project. Now we have a detailed planning consent we can engage in detail with hospitality and leisure operators and we have one or two discussions at the detailed stage.
“We will ensure there is something for everyone, and for all those people who have such interest and history with the building, you will be always welcome.”