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.