Signature Living, the developer behind Liverpool's Shankly Hotel has been given the go ahead to develop Preston's iconic Old Post Office building by the city council this week.
The developer saw off two other bidders for the Grade-II listed building which has stood empty for over six years, after impressing the council with its commitment to Preston and its development of the Shankly Hotel and 30 James Street in Liverpool.
Preston City Council leader Peter Rankin said: "I am absolutely delighted. The former Post Office is a unique and much loved building right in the heart of Preston City Centre. It's special and we've worked hard to ensure the best possible development for such an important building.
"Signature Living immediately impressed us with their love of the building as well as their commitment to Preston. They clearly see the huge potential of the city and are keen to invest and develop here. What they've done in Liverpool with the Shankly Hotel and 30 James Street is a taste of what we can expect here in Preston. The hotels are hugely popular and are consistently highly rated on Trip Advisor.
Signature Living founder Lawrence Kenright said: "We are incredibly excited to be working in Preston and delivering a luxury boutique hotel in the historic former Post Office building.
"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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