30 James Street
Signature Living Hotel began operating 30 James Street as a hotel in 2014

Legacy takes over 30 James Street

Dan Whelan

Legacy Hotels & Resorts plans to invest a “significant” amount of money to repair the grade two-listed hotel in Liverpool, which it plans to reopen by the end of July after the collapse of its previous operator, the hotels arm of developer Signature Living Group. 

Hospitality group Legacy was appointed to take over the running of the 63-bedroom hotel by consultancy Savills, which was appointed as receiver to the property in May. 

Signature Living Hotel and its parent group company will have no further links to the management of the hotel, according to Legacy. 

The hotel opened in 2014 under Lawrence Kenwright’s Signature Living brand. Last May, Signature put the building on the market with a guide price of £16m. 

Signature planned to sell the freehold of 30 James Street and another of its Liverpool assets, the Shankly Hotel, to fund expansion plans. 

However, the hotels arm was forced to call called in administrators at Duff & Phelps in April.  

Julian Clarke, director of recoveries and receivership at Savills, said: “We quickly identified that there were some urgent works needed to get the building in good shape for reopening. 

“We also carefully considered our options to reopen the hotel, and are now working with Legacy to bring this about.” 

Jim Gordon, managing director of Legacy Hotels and Resorts, added: “This is a new beginning. The hotel is a key asset for Liverpool’s visitor economy, and it is important that we reopen it as soon as possible as the city begins to open up again after the coronavirus pandemic.”  

The hospitality industry is gearing up to reopen on 4 July following an announcement this week by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

30 James Street was designed by Victorian architect Norman Shaw and completed in 1896. Banded in red brick and white stone, the building has earned the nickname of the ‘streaky bacon building’.

Legacy also operates the Pullman Hotel on Liverpool’s waterfront and plans to open a Novotel at the new Paddington Village near the University of Liverpool. 

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It is a really good sign that this building has been snapped up so quickly and even in the current circumstances.

By Anonymous

Wonderful news for a wonderful historic building. Perhaps some dignity can be restored to it especially after some of the events that happened in its heyday and the tradgies that occurred in Liverpool maritime history.

By Liverpolitis

Frying pans and fires…..

By Kurt Spaxfeld

#blackpoolification. It’s not like anyone’s expecting any offices and god forbid anyone who should suggest them. Well, one good thing is there shouldn’t be any boxes on the roof of this beautiful building.


By Michael McDonut

Beautiful building reminds me of f old Scotland Yard London same designer

By Anonymous

Tells you all you need to know about the management and maintenance of this historically important Listed building to date, that the potential new owners have to undertake significant repairs immediately.

By Old Hall Street