Planning permission has been granted for a 306-bed hotel in Manchester city centre.

The property will be developed by Dominvs Hospitality on a derelict employment exchange in Piccadilly, adjacent to the Malmaison Hotel and opposite the Hilton DoubleTree.

The site is situated within close proximity of the Manchester Piccadilly station and is one of the city council’s longest standing priority sites still remaining to be developed.

The new four-star hotel will offer accommodation over eight storeys including a ground floor comprising a bar, restaurants, gym and conference and banqueting facilities.

Martin Magee, construction director at main contractor McAleer & Rushe, said: “This site was vacant for nearly 20 years and was in desperate need of regeneration.

“Work will begin on-site imminently as there already has been a lot of detailed early-stage design input which will ensure best practice and best value construction, which leads to optimum efficiency in operation thereafter.”

The Manchester project will expand Dominvs Hospitality’s future room count to more than 1,200 rooms for its operational hotels and proposed developments.