Signature Living plots 2020 opening for first Manchester hotel

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.”

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Err, a criminal gang themed hotel?? Really?

By Ling

@Ling, it’s “edgy”. The kids will love it.

Hopefully it will be subtly themed unlike the Peaky Blinders Bar on Quay Street which is so on the nose its painful.

By Egg


By Mike

Manchester already boasts a couple Britannia hotels, we don’t need another tacky hotel chain.

By Roses

Do they get those sheds they put on the top in bulk or did they have some left over from Liverpool?

By causal observer

You’ll have to walk through a knife arch to enter….Signature Living keep on delivering – without any hint of irony.

By Anonymous

My irony metre has just exploded.

Lawrence, you’re a decent chap, but seriously: you need to catch a grip of yourself.

By Sceptical

Manchester’s inflicted enough things on Liverpool over the years. Only right we get to dish out some payback now. Get ready for that wall to wall MDF, you lucky Manchunians!

By North Shore

Liverpool has sone of the best Hotels in the county and Signature living is just a fraction of them in this great City i personally like the St James street hotel (Titanic Registration Office ) . Manchester from what I’ve seen is notvthatvpicky anyway the architecture is poor especially new builds they are so uninspiring and tacky .

By Wanderwallwally

Of all the things to celebrate about Manchester they choose a Salford criminal gang. Utterly ridiculous. The place is steps from MOSI – perhaps they’d have been better using the city’s rich industrial heritage as inspiration.

By Anonymous

Take a look at the Shankley in Liverpool and the rest of their work. This is one thing Manchester is actually welcome to.

By Liver fella

Stick to Liverpool Signature please, we have higher standards here.

By Go away

Are these people serious? a hotel celebrating extortion and violent beatings? surely this is a wind up??

By Paul K

Local criminals your heroes and their victims just — well, who cares? Celebrate anti-social low-life yobs. Visit this hotel. Low-life guests especially welcome.

By James Yates

love to sit in on that alcohol licence application.

By Ben

A criminal gang themed hotel, really? Clearly Manchester has nothing else of interest that could be used as a theme…, music, industry. What about a 90s indie music hotel?

By True Manc

I can see the Weed now, telling everyone he owns it, and trying to sell shares in it.

By barny

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