Briefing: The urban planning revolution

Modern developers and investors are thinking about urban space differently. Mixed-use builds are maximising space in cities, and some hospitality companies are doubling up assets in new projects.

In Manchester, proposals have been made for a new “community” on the site of the old ITV studios. This will have 2-3 new hotels, including an event hotel called Manchester Grande. Nearby, Cycas Hospitality is planning to open two IHG hotels, a Crowne Plaza hotel and a Staybridge Suites, in The University of Manchester‘s campus development.

Our experts give their perspectives on new developments:

The St John’s community development in Manchester is being planned by Allied London, who now have control of the former ITV/Granada studios site. They have also proposed plans for a ‘vertical village consisting of 1,200 homes within six interconnected towers.’ This would be built on a separate area of former ITV owned land.

The University of Manchester‘s campus development is a £1billion project. The Crowne Plaza business hotel and the Staybridge Suites extended stay accommodation will adjoin Manchester Business School’s new two-storey Executive Education Centre. The hotels will serve university visitors and business travellers.

These large scale projects reflect the developments in Stratford for the 2012 Olympics, where IHG also placed two asset classes together; Holiday Inn and Staybridge Suites.

Mixed-use projects and new “communities” are being developed across the globe, often in high rise buildings when space is tight. In Dubai a new ‘Cayan Cantara’ development by Cyan Group will have two towers and an adjoining bridge. The project includes branded residences, hotel apartments, shops, and a spa.

These clever developments will continue to offer hotels, serviced apartments, and other asset classes more and more different ways to fit into the changing urban landscape.

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