As with all property purchases, there is always a gamble and for me this was to be my largest gamble to date.
The Print hotel as it was known, had survived as a Hotel for the briefest of times in fact the Hotel was placed into liquidation after just 6 month’s of trading, being then laid bare for several years. The huge issue here for me was all about raising the required funds to purchase this site and then to gain the relevant the funds to change this Hotel, with just 12 beds into a Hotel with a capacity for in excess of 100 guests.
To make matters worse I had also given myself an impossible timescale to complete. Finally we gained the funds to acquire what is now Signature Living Hotel, but the funds came in a lot slower than we had anticipated the date was 28th February 2013 and we had to get this Hotel fully operational by the 5th April 2013. Without any doubt this would be the most difficult period of my life.
Work commenced on the 28th February 2013 and I remember the conversation that I had with Katie my wife or better known in these quarters as the BOSS, that we were not to have a conversation for the next 6 weeks, as I had to drive the building team and design an entire Hotel from scratch on site.
A typical day on site would start at say 5am and finish at 11pm, if I saw any guy talking without working, they would be given a very stern warning, it wasn’t that I was being aggressive I just knew the task in hand and the driver for me was to ensure that our guests were to be welcomed to Signature Living’s first amazing Hotel without any serious hitches.
I won’t go into all the trials and tribulations that we had to endure during our very short timescale to completion, but I can say that I would often work 36 hours without any sleep and I had lost over 21 pounds in weight during this time, but I can say that once the Hotel was finished I hugged my bed for at least 24 hours.
The team of scousers that we had employed were amazing they put up with my rants on a daily basis and still put in 110% they had totally bought into the fact that we had to get this job done on time. One of the funniest moments that we had on site was when I had decided to lay on my back on a wooden floor, having worked through the night, chewing slowly on a sandwich, barely having the energy to raise my head, when a team of the sparks came running in, shouting and screaming at me to get off my backside and get back to work and they went on and on, simply re-enacting what I had been doing to them for the last 6 weeks, I couldn’t reply they were too loud and too animated once their rant came to a close, we all fell about laughing.
I still laugh about that today and they certainly laughed at my expense at the time. Signature Living Hotel has been a huge success and a great asset to our business from the day that we opened our doors, with occupancy levels often above 90% and to date this has to be my favourite of the 5 derelict Liverpool buildings that I have brought back to life in the centre of Liverpool.
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