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18 Oct 2019

Native Places opens UK's largest aparthotel with vast warehouse atrium

Native has opened the UK's largest aparthotel, designed by Archer Humphryes Architects, in Manchester's former Ducie Street railway goods warehouse.

Covering 20,000sq ft (1,900sq m), the venue houses 158 luxury studio, one-bed and two-bed suites. All are furnished by Conran Contracts and have sitting rooms, dining areas and fully fitted kitchens.

The scale of the aparthotel is perhaps best conveyed by the huge atrium around which all of the suites are located. Characterised by the warehouse's original, powder-blue, wrought iron girder frame constructed in 1867, the atrium stretches up six storeys to a central glass roof.

The iron girders of the grade II listed building have been left exposed throughout and can be seen in the bedrooms, living rooms and bathrooms of the apartments. Similarly, much of the red brickwork of the warehouses walls and ceilings remains exposed.

On the ground floor, there's an all-day lounge, a mini-cinema, a coffee shop, a restaurant, private meeting and dining rooms, outdoor terraces and three fitness studios. Native also shares the building with the Love is Enough-designed Cultureplex social and cultural venue.

Work on Native Manchester began in early 2016 and was completed last month.

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