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Talbot Gateway

Talbot Gateway regeneration scheme update 

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Working in partnership with Blackpool Council and Muse developments, Robertson Construction, the main contractor, started demolition of the Wilko building and connected car park in September 2020. 

The demolition is now complete and the steel framework is being  erected for the 4* Holiday Inn and Marco Pierre White restaurant. A new modern and bright underpass is also being built from Blackpool North train station.

From the 5 July, High Street will be closed for approximately 26 weeks to allow the underpass works to be carried out. Diversions will be in place so please allow extra time for your journeys.

Tramway contractors SISK are also back on site at Talbot Road to complete the new £23.4m tram link to Blackpool North train station. The existing tramway will be further extended from the corner of Dickson/Talbot Road, through the construction site to a new North Station terminus.

Next steps

Proposed schedule of works:  

  • Closure of High Street - 5 July 2021 for approx 26 weeks
  • Construction of the Holiday Inn Hotel - Spring 2021 to Summer 2022 
  • Tram extension and track completion - May 2021 to end of 2021 

Community activity

To support the local community throughout the project and to promote skilled training opportunities in Blackpool, main contractor Robertson’s Group has established a Sector Based Work Academy (SWAP) with Build Up Blackpool and Department of Work and Pensions.  10 long term unemployed residents will undertake five weeks of training leading to a CSCS card (Construction Skills Certificate Scheme) over the coming months. Blackpool and Fylde College have also agreed to run a virtual work experience for their T level students using the Robertson Tower City Project in June 21. 


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