Old Post Office and Cenotaph, Preston

Signature Living set for Preston Post Office consent

The Liverpool-based hotel group’s plans for the conversion of Preston’s historic former Post Office into a 60-bedroom “luxury boutique” venue are expected to be granted planning permission next week.

Earlier this year Preston City Council confirmed that it was selling the grade two-listed building on Market Square to Lawrence Kenwright’s Signature Living, for use as its first hotel outside Liverpool.

Signature Living’s rapid rise has seen it open 30 James Street Hotel and the football-themed Shankly Hotel in Liverpool in recent years.

The Post Office building was designed by Sir Henry Tanner and built between 1901 and 1903.

The planning application is earmarked for approval by Preston councillors at a committee meeting on Thursday 8 December. The proposals include building an additional two storeys on top of part of the property, an extension built in 1925.

The hotel includes a 170-cover restaurant, and wedding and function space, and spa.

At the time that the acquisition was announced in June, Signature Living’s founder Lawrence Kenwright said: “Signature Living has a track record of developing high quality hotel accommodations and event venues and this will be no exception. Not only are we bringing much needed investment into the city centre; we will also be creating jobs for local people. This will be a real destination hotel and we are very much looking forward to starting work.”

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