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Work begins on Shankly Hotel and Signature Living HQ

Work will begin tomorrow on the £20m Bill Shankly Hotel in Liverpool, in the former Liverpool City Council building, Millennium House.

Owner of the building, Signature Living, has started work on the 83-bedroom, football-themed hotel, after buying the building from the council. As part of the deal for the 145,000 sq ft building, Signature Living renovated the Lifestyles gym in the building for a seven-figure sum.

Work to complete the hotel is expected to be complete by August. The renovation includes 83 bedrooms, a sports bar, restaurant, a museum celebrating the life and career of former Liverpool FC manager Bill Shankly and a training school for the leisure and hospitality industries. Once complete it will create up to 200 part-time and full-time jobs, according to Signature Living.

Signature Living also plans to house its headquarters in the building to support planned UK expansion. The firm also owns a number of hotels in the city including 30 James Street, the former headquarters of the Titanic’s White Star Line.

Signature Living owner Lawrence Kenwright says: “Signature Living is about to radically transform this landmark city centre building into a truly international hotel and tourist destination. It will be more than a luxury accommodation; this has the potential to become a tourist attraction in its own right.”

Blok Architecture has designed the new hotel, including a new rooftop extension.