Croxteth Hall and Country Park is one of Liverpool’s most important heritage sites. It is Signature Living’s vision to breathe new life into this remarkable building, which dates back to 1575, whilst utilising the beautiful grounds of Croxteth Park to create an inviting attraction to people from across the city and beyond. The below plans are simply one of a number of options.
As the building is so important to the people of Liverpool, we are asking the public for feedback on our upcoming project, before we submit a proposal to Liverpool City Council. Our aim is to provide the local community with a luxurious venue that celebrates the history, architecture and beauty of this incredible park and hall, which is why we plan to listen to both the local residents and wider Liverpool population.
Our Vision for Croxteth Hall and Country Park
I am passionate about restoring buildings to their former glory – and if ever there was a building in desperate need of generation it is Croxteth Hall. It is essential this building is loving acquired, and I honestly believe we would be the perfect keepers of the key, and here is why…
At present, it costs an incredible £3 million for the upkeep of this simply stunning Grade II* listed building, while much of the building has fallen into disrepair. Mayor Joe Anderson has recently confirmed the council is welcoming proposals for the park, but is yet to see our plans.
Instead of allowing the building to fall into ruin, or enter the wrong hands, we plan to celebrate the building’s remarkable history, whilst creating local jobs, regenerating the Croxteth area, and presenting the people of Liverpool with a luxurious hotel and wedding venue, family centre and skills training college for young people. While the park would be opened up as a family attraction, containing a glass eco-domed swimming pool, wooden log cabins and an educational nature trail attractions. It is my understanding that Liverpool City Council is keen to explore options for the park, due to the increasing costs associated with running the grounds.
Our exciting new plans could secure a long-term, viable future for Croxteth Hall and Country Park, whilst taking away the financial drain from Liverpool City Council. As a result, the restoration of Croxteth Park could be the start of more investment in the area, creating local jobs and improving tourism.
Local Jobs for Local People
We will train local people in hospitality industry skills, ensuring they gain the relevant experience to secure employment. I personally believe this project is an investment in our great city, as we will provide much-needed jobs and training facilities for local people. We currently work with colleges across Merseyside and our training college, located within the grounds, will be an extension to that. Not only will we provide the local area with apprenticeships, but we will also offer a genuine path to long-term employment.
Signature Living is also looking to fill another 500 jobs within the next 12 months, with hotels opening in both Cardiff and Spain – and we currently employ more than 400 people across Liverpool.
A Celebration of the Hall’s History
The park’s historical legacy will be celebrated, as we aim to enhance Croxteth Hall’s status with new-dedicated history tours of the period country house, celebrating its stories, owners and architecture. I, for one, firmly believe Croxteth Hall has the potential to become a national tourist attraction, which is why our talented online marketing team will showcase this historic venue to the UK, unearthing the hall’s hidden treasures.
I recently commented to the Liverpool Echo: “Croxteth Hall is an asset to Liverpool, but we must be honest, it could be better used. We will be looking to gain a long leasehold interest in this property, leaving the ownership, as it should always be, with Liverpool council.
“Although this is a truly exciting plan, it is purely a proposal. We want to hear the views of the local community and the people of Liverpool more widely, before we submit it for consideration. Our plans for the hall would be sympathetic to its historical legacy, and we would intend to improve and invest in the park and garden.
“It goes without saying that a bold and ambitious scheme like this would add vibrancy to north Liverpool, and reconnect a park with the people of this city and beyond once again. It would reinvigorate the hall and its surrounds, making Croxteth Park a wonderful attraction for families.”
Our Previous Restoration Projects
Signature Living has embarked on many restoration projects, returning buildings to their former glory, so the history and architecture can be enjoyed for many years to come. I, along with my hardworking team, believe we can transform Croxteth Hall into a luxurious venue that demands to be experience.
30 James Street
30 James Street is a standing monument to Liverpool’s maritime past, once serving as the White Star Line’s HQ. It was also RMS Titanic’s port of registry and is the very reason why Liverpool is synonymous with the world famous liner, and vice versa.
After lying derelict for decades and falling into disrepair, both myself and Katie acquired the building, restoring this magnificent building to its former glory. Guests from across the world can now step inside our Titanic-themed hotel, which once housed the ship’s plans.
Each room within the hotel offers a connection to RMS Titanic and the White Star Line, celebrating the heritage of the famous shipping company, whilst commemorating the biggest maritime disaster in history.
The Shankly Hotel
In August 2015, we transformed the former council offices into The Shankly Hotel, creating a beautiful hotel, wedding venue and bar and restaurant for the public to enjoy.
The hotel has been inspired by the late, great Bill Shankly, offering stylish, sophisticated rooms and suites and The Bastion Bar & Restaurant, which offers unseen memorabilia kindly donated by the Shankly family.
The Coal Exchange
There is no greater joy for me, as a hotel developer, than restoring a once derelict building to its original architecture. It is my aim to restore Cardiff’s The Coal Exchange, which was once the hub of international coal pricing and exportation.
The restoration of The Coal Exchange will bring this superb building back into the heart of Wales’ capital city, allowing the world to learn more about the Cardiff’s industrial past, whilst creating local jobs and bringing regeneration to the area.
It is my intention to provide our historic buildings with a reason to survive. I want each building’s stories to be shared with people from across the globe, celebrating and creating historical attractions that can be enjoyed for many years to come.
To learn more about the upcoming plans for Croxteth Hall and Country Park on the Liverpool Echo’s website – and to leave your feedback on our plans, click here.