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Winner announced for New Luxury Hotel in the North West


10 October 2012

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Julia Davies
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E: julia.davies@riba.org

Peel Announce Winner for Design of New Luxury Hotel in the North West

Peel is delighted to announce the winner of their RIBA Competition for a new world class luxury hotel is Allies & Morrison.

Architects from across Europe were invited to take part in the competition to design the stunning new luxury hotel on the site of the former Worsley New Hall in Greater Manchester.

Peter Nears, Strategic Planning Director at Peel said:

'I would like to thank the RIBA and David Morley, their Architectural Advisor, for running an excellent competition, which has delivered a worthy winner in Allies & Morrison. We look forward to working with them to produce an exceptional hotel building for the site of the former Worsley New Hall. We were impressed with the quality of all the shortlisted schemes, their respect for the setting and the manner in which they complemented the landscape features of the location and thank all the architectural practices for taking part.'

Allies & Morrison fought off strong competition from Edward Cullinan Architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley, Henning Larsen Architects, Hopkins and Ian Simpson Architects but were selected unanimously by the Panel.

Bob Allies, Partner at Allies & Morrison commented:

'Allies and Morrison are really delighted to have been selected for this project, an ambitious building on a very important site, an opportunity to integrate a modern hotel into the surviving fragments of a significant Victorian landscape.'

David Morley, RIBA Architectural Adviser said: 'This was a closely fought competition for a potentially amazing hotel on the site of the former Worsley New Hall. The setting embraces a formerly grand, but now derelict, Victorian garden on south facing steeply terraced slopes looking across a lake and the site for a future championship golf course straddling the Bridgewater Canal. There were some fantastic features in all six of the schemes presented but in the end the jury agreed unanimously that Allies and Morrison had made the most of the garden setting and struck a unique balance between an efficient hotel layout and the intimate feel of a luxurious country house.'

Notes to editors

The Peel Group is one of the leading infrastructure, real estate and investment enterprises in the UK. Our diverse network of businesses ranges from ports to airports; land to leisure; media to hotels; wind farms to shopping centres, and a portfolio of investments in major public companies. www.peel.co.uk

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