Top Investment Opportunities from Signature Investments

Signature Living is the developer and operator behind some of the UK’s most successful hotel developments.

From 30 James Street in Liverpool to The Exchange Hotel in Cardiff, the group have transformed some of the UK’s most iconic listed buildings and brought them back to life.

Through a unique investment funding model, the group have welcomed over 1,000 private investors who have become a part of their success.

Investors enjoy a completely hands-off investment, don’t have to worry about tenancy management and receive a competitive, guaranteed return on investment.

The Signature Living Group have experienced expediential growth over the past couple of years with a number of highly anticipated projects in the pipeline. If you’re an investor looking to join in Signature Living’s success, take a look at some of the most exciting opportunities currently available.

The Exchange Hotel

From £80,000

The Exchange Hotel in Cardiff is one of the city’s most prominent buildings. Once home to the world’s thriving coal trade, the former Coal Exchange played an integral part, once setting the price of coal.

After the demise of the coaling industry, The Exchange fell into a state of severe disrepair and closed its door in XXXX.

The Exchange was then left partially empty for over 60 years before it was purchased by Signature Living in 2016 who had ambitious plans to reopen this historic site as hotel and event venue.

Phase one of the development was completed in April 2017 with 50 suites and the Exchange Grand Hall completed. Every area and suite within the hotel has a unique connection to the buildings rich history which attracts a wealth of visitors from around the world, keen to explore not only the buildings history but the cities as well.

As development is ongoing, more and more magnificent suites are completed with a restaurant, spa and second hall due for completion soon.

Investing in the UK hotel market with Signature Living

Key investment highlights

  • Low-risk investment
  • Iconic hotel development
  • Developer & operator with a proven track record
  • 205 suites upon completion
  • Developer buy-back option

Investment structure

  • 8% net assured returns from years one to three
  • 9% net assured return year four
  • 10% net assured returns years five to ten
  • 108% developer buy back from years three to ten

The George Best Hotel

From £80,000

The George Best Hotel is a unique development that will celebrate the life and legacy of the footballer, George Best.

The hotel, which is located in the footballer’s hometown of Belfast, will be a unique tribute to the man so many loved on and off the pitch. The hotel itself is a transformation of the Grade B1 listed, Scottish Mutual Building located in the heart of Belfast city centre.

Nestled on the junction of Donegall Square and Bedford Street, The George Best Hotel is set to be nothing short of remarkable. This grandiose hotel is in a prime city centre location overlooking Belfast City Hall and upon completed, will be transformed into a luxury football-themed hotel featuring premium amenities, a stunning wedding and event space, a museum dedicated to the legacy of George Best plus a stylish bar and restaurant.

Scottish Mutual Building in Belfast

Key investment highlights

  • Luxury hotel development
  • 83 unique units
  • Guaranteed returns of 8-10%
  • Award-winning developer
  • Fully managed by Signature Living

Investment structure

  • 8% net assured returns from years one to three
  • 9% net assured return year four
  • 10% net assured returns years five to ten
  • 106% developer buy back rising 2% per year from year three but capped at 112%

(Year three 106%, year four 108%, year five 110%, year six to ten 112%).

The Shankly Hotel Preston

The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool is one of the Signature Living Groups most successful hotels.

Celebrating the life of footballer Bill Shankly, the hotel takes a unique approach to remembering the footballing legend both on and off the pitch. A unique partnership between Signature Living and the Shankly family, the hotel features never before seen memorabilia, personal stories and immersive interactions that bring Shankly to life.

The hotel has a popular bar & restaurant as well as a stunning rooftop wedding and event space which has proved immensely popular since its opening in 2015.

The hotel enjoys impressive occupancy rates with many rooms & suites selling out 6 months in advance.

The Shankly Hotel in Preston will follow the same footprint as the original Liverpool hotel with dedicated memorabilia, unique suites and a stylish bar & restaurant as well as event space for weddings.

The development will transform the former Old Post Office building in the city centre which is ideally surrounded by some of the cities most treasured attractions.

Investors can rest assured that The Shankly Hotel Preston will share in the same success as The Shankly Hotel Liverpool and become a world-renowned hotel attracting visitors from all over the globe.

Shankly Hotel Preston

Key Investment Highlights

  • Highly successful Shankly Hotel brand
  • 65 boutique suites
  • Shankly museum on site
  • Fully managed by Signature Living

Signature Mill

From £132,440

Signature Mill is a luxury residential development in the heart of Manchester’s popular Miles Platting area.

Formerly home to a working mill, Signature Mill is a residential development that incorporates all the luxuries of a classic Signature Living hotel development including concierge service, premium amenities and stylish interiors.

Signature Mill will offer a city centre experience in a fantastic location that is perfect for working professionals and visitors who are seeking to harness the lifestyle benefits the project will deliver.

Investment opportunities at Signature Mill are expected to sell out fast due to the highly competitive pricing which comes in at £240-£268 per square foot with similar projects in Manchester costing around £300 – £400 a square foot.

Victoria Mill investment Signature Invest

Key Investment Highlights

  • Located in the Regeneration area of Miles Platting
  • Competitively priced
  • Modern decor and fixtures throughout
  • High-speed broadband
  • Provision for Sky HD, BT and Virgin Media
  • Excellent transport links to the city centre

If you’re interested in investing with Signature Investments, then please do not hesitate to get in touch today.

Belfast: A City on the Crest of a Wave

Belfast is quickly establishing itself as one of the UK’s must-visit cities and Belfast’s regeneration is showing no signs of slowing down.

The Northern Irish capital has undergone some drastic transformations over the past decade which have in turn regenerated the city and cemented it as the next big destination.

Boasting a thriving tourism market and increased investment has ensured that Belfast is on the crest of a significant wave with the cities popularity expected to continue to grow.

Tourism Figures

In 2016, there were an estimated 4.6 million overnight trips to Northern Ireland which equates to almost a third of all tourism traffic to the region.

This strong performance is reflected in the cities hotel industry which in 2016 saw 991,000 hotel rooms sold at an average price of £77.95 per night, marking an increase of 4.1%.

An annual industry survey from ASM Chartered Accountants uncovered that hotel occupancy in Belfast also grew with record high figures of 83.5%, a significant increase on the previous year where occupancy sat at 77.5%.

This brought in a spend of £851 million for overnight trips alone with the city of Belfast accounting for around £335 million of that figure.

From shopping to culture and world-class entertainment facilities, Belfast has welcomed some fantastic tourism landmarks that have helped to increase the cities offering to visitors.

The cities rich past has been the driving force behind many of Belfast’s most popular tourist destinations such as the Titanic Belfast, Ulster Museum and Belfast Castle which have all received significant investment and transformed key areas in the city.

Titanic Belfast

The development of these tourist attractions has further fuelled a drive in the hotel market with many high profile developers investing in the city of Belfast to provide guests with a base to stay.

Colin Neill, chief executive of Hospitality Ulster commented; “Today’s tourism statistics show the importance of the sector to Northern Ireland’s economy and demonstrate not only how more tourists are visiting the region but are also spending more money as the hospitality sector continues to grow and add value to the economy.

“In Belfast, there was an increase of almost £60m in terms of tourism spend in 2016 compared to 2015.”

These figures are expected to keep on rising with significant development projects in place for the next couple of years including the Linen Quarter, the City Quays project at Belfast Harbour and several hotel developments including those by Signature Living.

Regeneration

 From the mid-1990s to 2007, Northern Ireland experienced one of its most economically prosperous and politically stable periods. However, the global economic downturn hit the country hard with a fall in employment, investment and the housing market.

Following a period of uncertainty, Belfast fought back and is now emerging from the recession as one of the most upcoming cities in the UK with growth across all areas.

In 2015, the council created a £18.7 million City Centre Investment Fund to support the implementation of projects which help towards the continued regeneration of Belfast.

The council have been working hard to ignite Belfast as a tourism hotspot investing vital funds into the regeneration of key areas for business, leisure and tourism purposes.

The council set out a City Centre Regeneration and Investment Strategy which pinpoints key action areas which include the Inner North, North East Quarter and Oxford Street & the Earner Bank as well as focusing on the transport hub.

Belfast: a City on the Rise

The Belfast regeneration strategy outlines; “Belfast has done well in recent decades to improve an economically dynamic and attractive city centre. It has, however, some way to go in comparison to other European cities of comparable size.

“It needs more; more people working and living in the centre, more visitors, more attractions, more commerce, more jobs, more street life and nightlife, more trees, more in-migrants and more development. More serenity, more bustle, more buzz. It is the combination of all those elements that makes a great city centre, that provides the self-fuelling chemistry for regeneration.”

There are a number of large-scale projects underway in Belfast which will reignite specific areas and help to establish the cities offering to both locals and visitors.

Increased tourism figures highlight that the regeneration programme is working and attracting new people from all over the world.

International Recognition

Belfast is a city that is being recognised in many forms.

In November 2017, the city was crowned 2017’s Rising Star at the National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards in London. This prestigious award was a great indicator of public opinion and certified that Belfast is a city to look out for.

Another prestigious award came from international travel guide group, Lonely Planet, who placed Belfast as the best place to visit in 2018 alongside the spectacular Causeway Coast.

Not only did this firmly pin Belfast on the traveller’s map but it was also the only area in the UK to make it into the Lonely Guide list, let alone to sit at the number one spot.

Investment in Northern Ireland

Investment in Northern Ireland continues to grow as the region boasts many highly attractive traits ensuring it is no surprise that almost 80% of investors have reinvested.

Around 900 international companies have also invested in Northern Ireland including Seagate Technology, Fujitsu, Bombardier Aerospace, Microsoft, Citi and Liberty Mutua to name a few.

In Belfast around 1,100 new hotel bedrooms are currently under development as well as three hotels by Liverpool-based hotelier, Signature Living including that of prominent heritage sites including The Scottish Mutual Building which will become The George Best Hotel, the former Crumlin Road Courthouse which will be transformed into The Lanyon Hotel and the former War Memorial Building on Waring Street which will become The Waring Hotel.

The Lanyon Hotel in Belfast

This increases the cities offering encourages healthy competition for developers and operators to continue to produce world-class facilities which improve the cities standing as a modern destination.

Belfast furthermore has a reputation for being one of the safest cities in the UK which again benefits the local and tourism community massively.

The combination of a young population, high-quality education and thriving tourism market is clearly an attractive offer for international investors and as more and more developments get underway, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.

Scottish Mutual Building in Belfast

Furthermore, recent research conducted by CBRE identified Belfast as the third fastest growing office market in the world just behind Bangkok and Stockholm.

Demand for prime office space in Belfast positioned it ahead of other in-demand cities including New York and Amsterdam with an office rental growth of 14.3 percent year on year.

Thanks to a demand from business service firms and media, technology and telecoms companies, the office market in Belfast is experiencing an exciting boom which is expected to carry forward into the future.

The Waring Hotel

There is no doubt that Belfast is a city on the rise and you can become a part of it. Signature Investments have many developments underway that will certainly contribute to the city’s growth.

Discover the exciting project coming to Belfast from the Signature Living Group and become an investor today. Click here for our latest developments or get in touch today. 

Hotel Room Investment for Beginners

Hotel room investment may be new to you but investing your money into property has long been a popular alternative to banks.

From buy-to-let to hotel room investment, the market is taking over from offering benefits and yields banks haven’t been able to match in years.

But what exactly is hotel room investment and is it right for you?

Signature Investments have created a quick and easy guide for those either looking to save their money away from the banks or for those who are looking to expand their property portfolio.

Hands-off Investment

Hotel room investments are the perfect choice for those looking to invest their money and not their time or effort.

As the hotel you’re investing in already has the infrastructure, you don’t need to worry about any of the day-to-day running of the hotel or management. This hands-off investment is ideal for those looking to see a decent return on their money without having to do a thing.

As opposed to buy-to-let investments, you will not need to spend the time or money looking for new tenants potentially, vetting them and dealing with maintenance issues. The hotel will ensure that the room is occupied through marketing and sales strategies, so you don’t need to worry.

Affordable Entry Levels

In comparison to a buy-to-let property, hotel room units come in at a much lower entry price but continue to offer great returns.

Investments with Signature Investments have a starting price of £65,500 making them easily accessible, even for first-time investors.

The three-step process of purchasing a unit is simple; pay the reservation fee and instruct solicitors, transfer 50% of the funds upon exchange then the additional 50% of funds upon completion of contracts.

Fully Managed

Unlike buy-to-let property investments, hotel investments are fully managed.

In the case of Signature Investments, all hotels are developed, owned and managed by Signature Living, the parent company of Signature Investments.

This means that from purchase to sales, all aspects of the hotel are run by one company.

The benefits of full management far surpass those of buy-to-let investments as there is no need to worry about finding tenants, ensuring occupancy and taking care of maintenance, as this is all taken care of. Hotel investments are truly fully managed and hassle-free.

Signature Investments at 30 James Street Hotel in Liverpool

Full Flexibility

Hotel room investments with Signature Investments are flexible for both the operator and investor.

Both the investor and Signature Investments will have the opportunity to buy back or sell back the unit between the years 3-10.

This ensures that the investor is not tied into a long contract and can withdraw their investment without complication.

Upon release of the funds back to the investor, they will receive an additional percentage on top of their yearly ROI’s, making it the perfect investment for those looking to build on their capital.

A Growing Industry

Hotels in the UK have seen a steady increase not only in infrastructure investment but in tourism levels and occupancy rates.

Signature Living is a company who are leading the way in some of the UK’s tourism capitals including Liverpool, Cardiff, Belfast and Manchester. Their hotels are experiencing their highest level of occupancy and many of their hotels and apartments have become destinations in their own right with many guests seeking out their locations as opposed to using price comparison sites to make their decision for them.

Offering a unique hotel experience, excellent customer service and competitive pricing has helped to establish Signature Living’s reputation as a market leader who continues to deliver on projects.

Investing in the UK hotel market with Signature Living

To conclude, an investment in a hotel room unit is the perfect investment for income.

The leisure and tourism industry and the need for accommodation will continue to grow and Signature Living is leading the way with a new breed of hotel which have been so successful. This has been demonstrated with hotels such as The Shankly Hotel, The Exchange and 30 James Street all created by Signature Living.

This further fuels demand for hotel rooms and underpins investment for high yield income.

Hotel room investments are one of the safest and most profitable investments that people can make. Take a look at some of Signature Investments current hotel room investment opportunities and grow your wealth today.

CGI Images Revealed for 60 Old Hall Street

The Signature Living group have revealed exciting CGI plans for their 60 Old Hall Street development which is currently underway.

The development will be Signature Living’s first multipurpose development consisting of residential space, serviced apartments, office space and a ground floor retail unit. This will also be the first commercial office space which Signature Living have developed.

The in-house CGI visualiser has created a series of images of the development including the exterior and the rooftop area of the building.

Co-founder of Signature Living, Lawrence Kenwright says he hopes the multi-million-pound project will be completed in around nine months.

He said: “This will be our first development with office space.

“There is currently 2.1m sq ft of empty office space in Liverpool but not enough of it is quality accommodation.

“60 Old Hall Street, which forms part of Liverpool’s thriving commercial district, will become a landmark building with our redevelopment. We’re really looking forward to getting underway on this project.”

60 Old Hall Street - Running Track

60 Old Hall Street - Gym

The building which was purchased by Signature Living late last year was once called the ‘the ugliest building on Old Hall Street” was purchased by the company for £1.8 million. The new development plans make 60 Old Hall Street an exciting addition to the street which is the centre of the business district in Liverpool.

The exterior plans consist of golden cladding and a curved exterior making it an exciting destination and desirable place to work, live and visit.

The development of 60 Old Hall Street will also be home to a glass box gym and outdoor running track which will boast stunning views of the Liverpool city and the Mersey River from 127ft up.

Signature Living boss Lawrence Kenwright says the gym is set to become a landmark destination; “60 Old Hall Street’s rooftop gym is set to become a landmark destination – this once ugly duckling is being transformed into an impressive attraction which will boast stunning views across Liverpool’s commercial district.

“We are radically transforming the building and I think its features such as this which will make it popular with visitors. This development is yet another milestone in Signature Living’s ambitious plans for 2016.”

60 Old Hall Street - Exterior