The hotel operator is aiming to open its first site in the city centre on Liverpool Road next year in a project that has been in the pipeline since 2011.
The site at 123-125 Liverpool Road, including two grade two-listed buildings, has been earmarked for a hotel for the past decade; developer Iliad secured consent to convert the site in 2011, but these plans were never progressed.
An application by Iliad and Signature Living followed in October 2017; this featured a five-storey rear extension with the two buildings restored to house 39 hotel rooms along with a ground floor restaurant and bar.
These proposals were designed by Tim Groom Architects, and Signature had originally planned to theme the hotel around Manchester United player George Best.
Signature has now resurrected the proposals as the sole developer, and is aiming to open a hotel themed on the city’s Quality Street gang by spring 2020. This will feature 42 bedrooms as well as a bar and restaurant.
Work is set to get under way this summer, and Lawrence Kenwright, founder of Signature Living, said the scheme formed part of the hotel operator’s plans to expand in Manchester.
The company already operates Shankly-themed hotels in Preston and Liverpool, as well as the Titanic-themed 30 James Street, also in Liverpool.
“The Quality Street Hotel will become a real destination for history lovers and those intrigued by the mystery surrounding Manchester’s Quality Street men for which there still remains a great interest,” said Kenwright.
“Eventually, we would like to operate the equivalent numbers of bedrooms in Manchester that we do in Liverpool, as we have the capability to cater for up to 2000 guests a night in Liverpool alone, which will soon rise to 2700 guests a night. Hopefully this will be the start of many more hotels in Manchester that will give visitors a very unique experience.”