This phase of development will see the demolition of an existing Wilko store, the completion of the new tramway interchange at Blackpool North Station, a new underpass, a four-star Holiday Inn hotel and restaurant, and new retail outlets.
The start of the demolition marks Phase Two of the Talbot Gateway project in Blackpool’s Central Business District. The first phase saw the opening of Sainsbury’s supermarket and the development of offices, which now accommodate more than 1,000 public and private-sector employees.
Robertson Construction Group has been appointed jointly by Blackpool Council and development partner, Muse Developments.
Mike Horner, Development Director at Muse Developments, said: “This is currently an unprecedented time for everyone across the country, which is creating new challenges for developers and contractors to maintain construction activity while working within government guidelines.
“We’re completely focused on this challenge with health and safety at the top of our agenda. At the same time, we’re also working with our partners to make sure we continue to bring forward important developments that will bring both economic and social prosperity to our towns and cities when it’s needed most.
“It’s a proud moment for everyone involved at Talbot Gateway, as we take the next step on the journey to transform and re-energise the town centre, by delivering a new landmark hotel and high-quality brand to strengthen the hotel offering in the town. We will also be creating a number of much-needed jobs in the process.”
Dirk Pittaway, Managing Director, Robertson North West, said: “Talbot Gateway’s regeneration continues to gather pace and as a growing business in the region we are thrilled to be playing our part. Robertson has significant experience in the hotels sector and we will use that to deliver a facility that is best in class and something everyone in Blackpool can be proud of.”