Dakota Hotel, Manchester

Dakota Hotel, Manchester
Gavin Jones Ltd
Dakota Hotel, Manchester


We teamed up with two of our customers, Gavin Jones Ltd and PWP Designs Ltd, to enhance the grounds of the Dakota, an opulent new hotel in central Manchester.

The Challenge

The Dakota Manchester is situated in Dulcie Street, at the edge of the popular northern quarter, and features 137 rooms including a grand deluxe penthouse believed to be the largest in the city. The grounds include a waterside terrace and cigar garden.

We worked with landscaping experts Gavin Jones Ltd and landscape architecture consultants PWP Design Ltd, with the aim of create a luxurious design for the hotel’s outdoor space.

The brief included providing planting areas and pots to frame the terrace and define the parking courtyard and main entrance.

The Solution

Plans were drawn up by PWP and Gavin Jones Ltd to use clipped evergreen shrubs, sculptural feature trees and lush green groundcover for a series of planting areas and pots.

Johnsons supplied hundreds of herbaceous, shrub and grass varieties for the scheme, including Buxus spirals, more than 300 Sarcococca confusa, hundreds of Pachysandra ‘Green Carpet’ to create attractive yet low maintenance ground cover, Agapanthus africanus, Viburnum davidii and Hakonechloa macra.

The Result

The collaboration of the three businesses allowed us to achieve the luxurious and high visual impact the client required for the hotel’s outdoor spaces.

We have many years’ experience of supplying luxury hotels, with recent projects including supplying shrubs, herbaceous and topiary to the stunning Grantley Hall near Ripon and plants to create a gin garden at The Torridon in the Scottish Highlands.

Senior estimator Ricky Whiteman said “Following our work on Dakota Hotel Leeds, it was an honour and a pleasure working on the high-profile Dakota Hotel in Manchester alongside Johnsons of Whixley and PWP Design Ltd. The collaboration of our businesses allowed us to achieve the luxurious and high visual impact the client required for the hotel.