A former university accommodation building in Sheffield is to open its doors to a new kind of resident - hotel guests.
Historic Halifax Hall in Endcliffe is undergoing a £1.8 million refurbishment for a new life as a 38-bedroom boutique style hotel.
Several weddings have already been booked for the hotel, which opens in July.
University chiefs have also joined forces with Sheffield City College to offer a nationally recognised apprenticeship scheme with positions available for two trainee chefs and two junior managers.
General manager Paul Foster said: “Our aim is to create one of the finest hotels in the area.
“As an original Victorian mansion and University of Sheffield hall of residence, the venue has a local yet historic feel and we are making the most of its unique features as part of the redevelopment.”
Built in the 1830s, Halifax Hall was once home to Sir Joseph Jones, a German born industrualist who went on to become the Lord Mayor of Sheffield.
It was bought by the university for £6,000 in 1929 and was home to students for more than half a century.
Building contractors Illingworth and Gregory Ltd, through university subsidiary Sheffield Trading Services, began work to turn it into a hotel in April.
It will have capacity for meetings and events for up to 120 delegates.
Julie Byrne, Principal of Sheffield City College, said: “We are committed to supporting young people and employers by delivering the training and skills that the local economy needs to grow.
“Our catering team has an excellent reputation within the industry, and we are delighted to be working with Halifax Hall Hotel.”
Paul added: “Apprenticeships help raise the aspirations of young people and are an excellent opportunity for them to learn and grow new skills that will benefit them for life.”
Visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk to apply.
The university is also refurbishing University House off Western Bank and Glossop Road, which will feature new conferencing and dining facilities and an improved students’ union.