A candle-lit dinner at London Road, Manchester
Yesterday evening Allied London hosted a tour and dinner at London Road, Manchester for local and national operators and influencers. The event was a fantastic success with around 150 people in attendance.
The evening began with a personal tour of all the space and opportunities on offer, from bars to signature restaurants, work and living space and a look at how The Zetter Hotel will operate. This was followed by cocktails and a three course candle lit dinner within the impressive Engine Room.
Rupert Bentley- Smith comments “the evening was a great success and a brilliant way to showcase the opportunities available at London Road. We are delighted to be part of such an inspiring project and have an outstanding opportunity to bring together a collection of brands to create a new destination and experience for Manchester. Our focus is to partner with owners and entrepreneurial operators who will work with the unique spaces at London Road to create a bespoke offering.”
London Road is a treasured building in Manchester; rich in stories, heritage and jaw-dropping spaces which have stood dormant and untouched for over 25 years. Anchored by the Zetter Fire Station Hotel, a new destination will be created at London road “a place of national and international standing, with a voice to London and beyond”.
The Zetter Group to open new hotel at London Road Fire Station, Manchester
Acting on behalf of Allied London, Bruce Gillingham Pollard have secured The Zetter Group as the anchor hotel operator for Allied London’s London Road Fire Station.
The Zetter Group’s London properties are famed for pioneering eco-credentials, quirky details and a unique guest experience, praised by The Times, Time Out and Wallpaper* among others. On opening, each of the group’s properties have been named in Conde Nast Traveller’s infamous Hot List: The World’s Best New Hotels.
The Zetter Hotel at London Road will be the group’s first operation outside London and will be the fourth hotel in their collection. London Road with its iconic setting and storied past provides the perfect home for The Zetter’s much awaited, next venture and it will be Manchester’s first truly international boutique hotel.
Owner operated, The Zetter Group is well known for developing relationships with internationally renowned hospitality talent such as Tony Conigliaro and Bruno Loubet, and the hotel will anchor London Road Fire Station.
Michael Benyan, The Zetter Group’s Director, commented: “We are delighted to have finally found the perfect opportunity to open a Zetter property in Manchester. London Road is an iconic building and a real gift for us as hoteliers. We want to preserve the existing beauty and magic of the building and use it to help create a unique experience for our guests. Allied London should also be applauded for their vision and ambition for the regeneration of the area – it’s an exciting project to be a part of.”
The Zetter Group will team up, once more, with interior designers Russell Sage Studios to bring their vision for this hotel, to life. Russell Sage Studios are famed for designing The Goring Hotel’s Royal Suite, a number of Jason Atherton’s and Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants, as well as on the much lauded interiors for two Zetter Townhouse projects and Grain Store, for The Zetter Group.
Michael Ingall, Allied London’s Chief Executive, commented: “We were delighted with the level of interest shown in London Road and humbled by the brands who took the time to travel to view the building and submit proposals. Ultimately, however, we were taken by the hands on approach of the Zetter owners, which we felt was vital in establishing London Road as the new benchmark for hospitality in Manchester.
“We are following the considered approach we have taken with our other projects, including Spinningfields, by working with owner/operators who have a religious approach to service, quality and brand. Zetter come in the top bracket of this group of people. I also look forward to working with interior designer, Russell Sage, someone I have admired for several years and is at the top of his game for interior design around the world. The building is in safe hands. I have no doubt that the Zetter Hotel will become a must-stay destination for Manchester’s many visitors. Our task is now to craft and curate the rest of the development and we will be inviting certain hospitality operators to make proposals for the remaining spaces.”
Allied London’s plans for London Road will see this iconic space become a place of experience, with an international collective of world class operators, interesting brands and innovative hospitality. Over five floors, London Road will become ‘One Space’ – one collaborative destination with a multitude of aspects; including the Zetter Group’s hotel, a world class cocktail bar, spa and co working space.