Work is due to start in July on a multi-million pound project to renovate historic buildings in Blackpool town center and convert them into a hub for start-up businesses.
The rejuvenation scheme for council-owned Stanley buildings between Church Street and Caunce Street is being funded by the station’s £39m Town Deal.
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The funding includes £4.5m of public funds from the Town Deal and matching funding of £1.8m.
It is hoped that it will continue the “gentrification” of this part of the city center.
Preston-based Eric Wright Construction has been appointed to carry out the work which is expected to be completed by February 2024 and includes internal alterations as well as repairs to the exterior of the building.
A courtyard, café and roof terrace are part of the site’s transformation plan which dates from 1935 and is locally listed.
It will be renamed The Edge and will include a lobby, offices and meeting rooms including on the upper floors, designed to meet the needs of small and medium-sized businesses.
Existing retail businesses, including Mankind, Lingerie Lounge and Hermosa Boutique, will continue to occupy their premises.
A council report says: ‘The aim of the scheme is to continue and further stimulate the gentrification of the eastern area of Blackpool town centre.’
It adds: ‘The existing building requires significant rehabilitation and renovation to correct a number of faults including but not limited to roof leaks and repairs to the tiled cladding.’
The site sparked controversy last November when city council officials ordered retailers to remove their Christmas decorations after they claimed they were damaging the building’s fabric.
But after the exhibit was compared to Fifth Avenue in New York, it was announced that the decorations would be allowed to remain in place.
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