The next key milestone in the multi-million pound development at Blackpool’s Talbot Gateway is underway.
The contractors are now preparing the site for the construction of the steel frame of the 4 star restaurant Holiday Inn and Marco Pierre White.
With the development slated to open in the summer of 2022, the pile work has been completed and construction of the main steel frame will begin in May.
The building will also include a new underpass which will provide ‘a bright and modern entrance to Blackpool North station’.
To ensure the work is done safely and on time, High Street will be closed from mid-May for approximately 26 weeks and detours will be in place, so residents are encouraged to plan their trips to the advanced.
Tram contractors SISK, on behalf of Blackpool Council, are also back on site at Talbot Road to complete the new £ 23.4million tram link to Blackpool North station.
The existing tram will be extended from the corner of Dickson / Talbot Road, through the construction site to a new terminus at North Station.
Working with the Robertson Group hotel development contractors, SISK will work within the site boundaries for approximately 26 weeks and a one-way system will be in place for on and off site deliveries, managed from the existing Lord Street access. , exiting by Queen Street. on Dickson Road.
Overhead power lines and new signals must also be installed along Talbot Road, from the terminus to the promenade. This work will be phased and will take place overnight, no daytime closures of Talbot Road are planned. The work is expected to last 4 weeks and start in July.
The completed extension will mean more trams on the network and more frequent services.
The extension of the tram will link the Gare du Nord to the Promenade, providing a direct link to shops, hotels and leisure attractions and making it easier for residents to travel. The new tram line will be cleaner, greener, quieter and more reliable.
Cllr Lynn Williams, Head of the Blackpool Council, said: “It’s great to see the construction of the new hotel, the Marco Pierre White restaurant and the underpass start to take shape and we can’t wait to see the steel frame go up, an important next step in the construction program.
“We have come a long way since the start of the demolition in September of last year, despite the year we have had, which is a real testimony to all those involved in this important regeneration project.
“We are aware that this work is inconvenient for people and we apologize in advance but the inconvenience will be worth it in the end.
“We are also one step closer to finalizing the new extension of the tramway which will bring greater capacity, more frequent services and better connectivity around the city, which will greatly facilitate the movement of residents and visitors, and will create more jobs for the local population.
“All of this development will play an important role in Blackpool’s overall economic recovery and help us rebuild after COVID. I’m also happy to be able to say that this work is already supporting 10 long-term unemployed Blackpool residents through a partnership between Blackpool Council, Robertson’s and Blackpool and Fylde College.