Preston’s iconic former Post Office in Birley Street is set to be transformed into a 60-bed luxury hotel, but before work begins we thought we would take a fascinating look inside the development of The Shankly Preston.
In the early 19th century, Preston’s only Post Office operated from a small building at the southern end of a terrace of butcher’s shops, known as The Shambles, on Lancaster Road. Following significant growth of the postal service, there was a great demand for a larger building for the headquarters. In 1903 this beautiful building was completed and was known as the Preston Head Post Office.
Sadly, in 2005 the Post Office moved from the building to Theatre Street, leaving the former head office empty for many years. However, recently, luxury hotel developer Signature Living, have submitted plans to turn this stunning Grade-II listed building into a boutique hotel dedicated to the late, great Bill Shankly.
Following on from the phenomenal success of The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool, a joint venture between the Shankly family and Signature Living, Preston has been chosen as the first location to roll out this phenomenal hospitality experience. The Shankly Preston will have the same look and feel as that of its Liverpool counterpart, offering a world class hospitality experience, with luxurious accommodation, a bar and restaurant, plus an events space.
The hotel will also feature unseen Shankly family memorabilia, stories and tales of the great Scot, with many relating back to his career and time spent with Preston North End.
Before work begins on this magnificent building, urban explorer scrappyNW ventured inside to take some amazing images of the former Post Office.
It may look like a lot of work, but once this hotel is finished it is sure to be one of the most amazing buildings in Preston.
Many of the rooms still maintain undamaged original features from when it was first built in 1903, however much of the plaster and brick work has been worn away over the years.
At Signature Living we’re best known and loved for transforming iconic buildings into luxury venues, reviving them for public use with a lasting purpose.
In Cardiff, we have recently completely renovated the former Coal Exchange into the magnificent Exchange Hotel. This hotel is now one of the most luxurious places to stay in the city.
Over the years, the former post office has welcomed generations of locals through its doors, and The Shankly Preston is set to offer a new generation a fantastic experience.
We can’t wait for this spectacular building to open, keep checking our Facebook page for regular updates on the restoration and renovation process.