Holiday Inn & Ibis Budget Manchester Airport

Manchester

Two landmark hotels at Manchester airport overlooking airfield


Type

Holiday Inn and Ibis Budget


Status

Completed

Created as part of Manchester Airport masterplan strategy, which is intended for implementation by 2030. The development aim was to create two landmark hotels: Holiday Inn and Ibis Budget, providing a gateway into Terminal two of the airport.

Our team of architects worked tirelessly to meet a high quality of design — achieved through layout, scale, massing, materiality, and appearance. Both buildings stand out and act as signposts aiding navigation into the airport while blending seamlessly into their urban airport context. The masterplan puts great focus on the successful expansion of Manchester Airport as an economic catalyst for the region.


Holiday Inn Manchester Airport

With 280 rooms across six floors, Holiday Inn Manchester Airport offers double, twin, family, executive and accessible bedrooms featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, maximising daylight and providing distinctive runway views, whilst the southern corner of the sixth floor offers a spectacular suite with an exterior terrace.

Simple yet effective, the hotel’s public areas include a restaurant and bar and meeting facilities and serve as a hub on the ground floor and enliven the façades onto Palma Avenue — through smart use of glazing to the entrance and towards the hotel's interior, while supporting staff and service areas form a plinth for the floors above.

We cleverly designed this Holiday Inn to utilise views north over Manchester Airport and towards Manchester City Centre — the perfect location for plane spotting.

Ibis Budget Manchester Airport

Ibis Budget is a basic service affordable hotel with a relaxed atmosphere. In contrast to the Holiday Inn, which opens its ground floor and rooftop public areas to its context, Ibis Budget's public areas and guest amenities are limited. However, this slight compromise allows for more guestrooms on the ground floor which increases the efficiency of the footprint — 262 rooms over seven levels with double, twin, triple, and accessible layouts.

Given the geometry of the site and the need for retaining the structure to World Way, the footprint has been stepped at either end of the building, creating more space around the north and south gables. This move drives the principal design expression of three parallel planes of facade running parallel with World Way. Where these planes are punctured by simple fenestration patterns, the end gables are more open and face outwards to echo the glazed elements on the Holiday Inn gables.

With views north over Manchester Airport and towards Manchester City Centre, these hotels offer the perfect location for plane spotting


Construction photo

I’m delighted we have successfully delivered the new Ibis Budget and Holiday Inn hotels despite the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19. The practical completion is a culmination of a great deal of hard work by the team, supply chains and all parties involved.

Dongwen Yu

Lead Director at BCEGI

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