The offices that once co-ordinated the launch of the ill-fated Titanic ocean liner, is to be converted into a boutique hotel of the same name.
Due to open in April 2014, the Titanic aparthotel will be located within Albion House, the Grade-II-listed, Victorian building on James Street in Liverpool which initially housed the White Star Line office before the company was later incorporated into Cunard. It will feature 67 apartments with a total of 350 beds, a fine-dining restaurant on the seventh floor with views over the River Mersey, a bar and gymnasium.
Titanic will be the latest addition to the Signature Living portfolio, which operates three serviced apartment blocks with a total of 200 beds in the centre of Liverpool. The company is also developing a fourth aparthotel on Stanley Street in the city centre.
Signature Living was created by Lawrence Kenwright, who previously worked in the retail clothing industry, and his wife Kate, in 2008 after receiving a succession of hidden costs on a hotel bill.
"I decided to create not only an aparthotel that could provide our guests with unrivalled service, with excellent accommodation and above all a space that you could actually live I. I would also ensure that there were no hidden costs to our clients," he said.
Liverpool City Council granted permission for the Titanic hotel development last month.