Signature Living’s project to convert Preston's former Post Office in the city centre into a second Shankly hotel is "progressing well” despite the ongoing Covid-19 situation.

The former Post Office building dates from early 1900’s. An asbestos problem discovered during its conversion combined with the effects of the pandemic put a stop to the building project last year.

The problems have been overcome and the Shankly Hotel Preston is now expected to open later this year with 65 bedrooms plus a restaurant, bar and events facilities for up to 160 people.

Like its sister property, the Shankly Hotel Liverpool, the hotel is dedicated to the late Liverpool Football Club manager Bill Shankly who turned out for Preston North End during his playing days. The hotel will feature a museum dedicated to the man.

Shankly Hotel Preston is located in the centre of Preston overlooking the city’s Flag Market and rubbing shoulders with the Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library. It is a five-minute walk from Preston station.

Plans have been approved to convert a former department store in the centre of Oxford into a four-star luxury hotel.

Boswells department store in the city centre closed after the first lockdown last year. In its place the building is to be converted into the Store Hotel.

The Store Hotel will have 101 bedrooms and will also include a restaurant and bar on the ground floor, a new rooftop terrace plus a basement gym.

Store Hotel will also feature a co-working area.

Boswells had traded in Oxford since the mid-eighteenth century before shutting last year, blaming "adverse retail conditions".

No anticipated opening dates have been published.

Qbic Hotels is on schedule to open its second UK hotel in MancheMarch opening for Qbic Manchesterster in March 2021.

Qbic Manchester will be based in a converted office block in John Dalton Street in central Manchester. It will have 261 bedrooms ranging from Smart Rooms with no windows to ‘Fun Rooms’ and ‘Fancy Rooms’ sleeping up to three guests. All rooms will be furnished with the latest in-room comforts and technology.

‘Motley’ will be the restaurant in Qbic Manchester serving breakfast, through brunch, lunch and dinner.

Qbic Manchester will have a range of meeting rooms promising ‘spaces with character, fresh healthy food, great coffee and a superb helpful team’. Four meeting and private dining rooms will accommodate between eight and 30 delegates boardroom style.

The Qbic concept is based on protecting the environment. Its modular construction technique means the hotel room shell can be transformed to a fully functioning room in three hours at the same time making use of primarily recycled materials.

Qbic Manchester will be the group’s second hotel in the UK joining Qbic Hotel London Whitechapel. Two more Qbic Hotels are located in Amsterdam and Brussels.

Qbic Manchester is a short walk from Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Oxford Road and Manchester Victoria stations.

Back in October we reported on plans for a new Moxy Hotel in Newcastle on Tyne. Now a planning application has been submitted for a new £18million Moxy Hotel at Newcastle Helix on Tyneside, the city’s 24-acre urban Innovation centre. The site is close to St James’ Park and was the former Tyne Brewery site.

The 195-bedroom, eight-floor Moxy by Marriott will feature a ground floor restaurant/cafe and bar.

Moxy by Marriott is targeting the business/corporate market as well as visitors to the centre of Newcastle on Tyne.

Moxy is Marriott International’s ‘millennial-focused boutique hotel’ concept. Other Moxy Hotels typically feature public spaces ranging from libraries and plug-in zones, to lounges and bars, with tech offerings including keyless mo­­bile entry, mobile check in and check out, internet TV featuring the likes of Netflix and YouTube plus free wi-fi.

Moxy by Marriott currently has 13 hotels open and under development in the UK with three in Greater London including Heathrow, two in both Glasgow and Edinburgh plus hotels in Southampton, Slough and York.

The proposed Helix site for the new Moxy is a prominent gateway to Newcastle on Tyne. It features science, tech and healthcare businesses.

Subject to planning approval from Newcastle City Council, the new Moxy Newcastle on Tyne is looking to open its doors in late 2021/early 2022.

Plans for a hotel adjacent to Alnwick Castle in Northumberland have just received planning approval,

The new hotel will be created in former school buildings on Bailiffgate.

Numbers 2-8 Bailiffgate will be converted to create 14 hotel suites and apartments. Some buildings to the rear will be demolished and replaced with a new four-storey block with a further 33 bedrooms connected to the existing buildings by a glazed walkway.

The former school gym will be converted into a new fitness studio.

The Bailiffgate buildings have been empty since the school left for their new premises back in 2016.

The new hotel will be located a short walk from both Alnwick Castle and Alnwick town centre.

We will advise proposed opening dates as soon as they are published.

Latest developments in the serviced apartment sector include a new development from Your Apartment in Bristol.

Your Apartment has opened a new aparthotel in Bristol. The company has converted Merchant House, former student accommodation in Clifton, into a 34 studio apartment block with co-working space.

Each apartment is equipped with a kitchenette, a ‘relaxation area’, a king-sized bed and bathroom with a wet room shower.

Apartments have superfast wi-fi, USB charging points, lap-top friendly workspaces and Smart TVs.

Your Apartments Clifton are available for short or long-term stays.

Your Apartments Clifton is located in Clifton Village High Street, around four miles from Bristol Temple Meads station.

Further north, in Preston Lancashire, plans have been approved to convert the Grade II-Listed former Unicorn Hotel pub on North Road in Preston into a front for a new 126-unit aparthotel development.

The Unicorn Hotel is to be converted with five first floor apartments created plus a communal area on the ground floor.

The remaining 121 units will be in a new three-to-five storey block at the rear of the Unicorn Hotel.

The target markets for the Unicorn aparthotel include guest university lecturers working at the University of Central Lancashire, a near neighbour, as well as business guests working in the area.

No planned opening dates have been published yet.

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