Dakota Hotel

We provided advice on all aspects of Rights of Light for the Dakota Hotel in Manchester.

Construction work has now completed on this nine-floor luxury hotel on Ducie Street, close to Piccadilly station in Manchester.

Designed by KPP Architects the Dakota Hotel has 137 luxury bedrooms, including 20 suites. The development includes the creation of a penthouse suite named the ‘Grand Deluxe’, which has a terrace overlooking the city and set to be the largest suite in Manchester at 1,800 sqft. Luxury services provided in the penthouse will include a chauffeur and butler

The nine storey hotel will also offer a 130 cover restaurant alongside a lounge, bar and a seperate champagne room and bespoke canalside cigar terrace. The building also includes bedrooms with terraces on the first floor.

The 0.6-acre plot was previously used as a surface car park. The canalside plot within the Piccadilly Basin regeneration area was acquired by Dakota Hotels, part of Leeds based Evans Property Group, from Town Centre Securities. The Dakota Hotel chain also has sites in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Leeds.


We advised on all aspects of rights of light, daylight & sunlight and overshadowing to support the planning application for the new Dakota Hotel in Manchester.

Client : Evans Property Group

Architect : KPP Architects Ltd

Services : Rights of Light, Daylight & Sunlight

Sector :  Hotel

Rights of Light Services

Initial Site Appraisal (Legal & Technical)

Strategic reporting

Transferred Rights to Light

Rights to Light negotiation & settlement

Rights to Light compensation

Rights to Light insurance

Scheme cutbacks or enhancements

Portfolio management

Laser Survey based full technical analysis

Maximum building envelopes

Expert Witness

Pre-Acquisition strategic advice

Also see our recent work at Colindale Gardens in London.

Further Guidance when appointing a Rights of Light Surveyor

For further information please see our Rights of Light Fact Sheet.

The Government also published a rights to light fact sheet as part of a review by the Law Commission.

With offices in LondonBirmingham, Bristol, CardiffManchesterNorwichPlymouth we are able to provide Rights of Light advice on projects all around the UK.


For the contact details of a surveyor local to you, see our BirminghamBristolManchesterNorwich Plymouth Surveyor details.

For advice on rights of light direct from one of our Manchester surveyors, please call our Rights of Light Enquiry Line on 0161 528 7690.

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  • Matt Hensey
  • Stephen Mealings