How do you make an asset of a carpark, hotel and energy centre?
The striking building on the southeastern corner of the Circle Square site is a hybrid building that serves the development as an energy centre, and the wider Oxford Road area as a public car park and Premier Inn Hotel.
The hotel and car park is set apart slightly from the main public space, and draws on the warehouse and viaduct architecture of industrial Manchester.
The 16-storeybuilding, with its folded aluminium facade, has a strong gateway presence on the Mancunian Way approach. A 1,014-space car park occupies the first nine floors, and the hotel is located on floors nine to 15 with a prominent ground floor entrance and fantastic views of Manchester from the rooms and restaurant.
Be Lean, Be Clean, Be Green
The building has achieved BREEAM Very Good, with carbon reduction measures inherent in its design, construction and operation. It has achieved a 34.2% improvement over the requirements of Building Regulations for the conservation of fuel and power.
Visible from the air is a 94kWp Solar PV array approximately 600m2 mounted on the roof of the hotel. It is set to yield circa 72,000kWh and avoid circa 43,000 kg CO2 emissions per year, covering a large portion of the building’s operations electricity needs.