One of the largest hotel investment programmes in the north of England has been launched at the 360-bedroom Radisson Blu property at Manchester Airport.
Work has begun to radically transform the property, at a cost of £10m, over the next two years. The hotel, which opened in 1998, will be fully refurbished over three phases, with the first phase already underway.
Richard Moore, area vice-president UK & Ireland of Carlson Rezidor, said that it is an exciting time for the hotel.
"The level of detail in the design and the thought processes behind the food and drink concept will create a real destination for our guests and the airport community," he said.
Designed by Graven Images, the work currently underway includes the refurbishment of the hotel's reception and lobby area, restaurant and bar, 120 Business Class bedrooms and suites, and 27 meeting rooms which make up the airport's largest events space.
The hotel's all-day dining restaurant, which boasts panoramic views of the airport, will double in size and include the creation of three zones, providing space for social, private and individual dining. Meanwhile, the bar will become an evolving destination throughout the day with live DJs in the evening.
The new design for the bedrooms aims to create an uncluttered and calming mood, with dark-stained ash timber, greys and silver grey wall coverings and fabrics, lifted by a rich violet highlight colour in cushions and bed throws.
Phase two of the programme covers an additional 120 guest bedrooms and will be completed in early 2014, with the remaining 120 bedrooms being covered in phase three in 2015 - when the project will be completed.
The Radisson Blu is the only hotel with a direct link to Manchester Airport.