Phase 3 announcement!
It’s official! After several years of behind the scenes negotiations, we are delighted to announce that over 3,000 civil servants are to be relocated to a new £100m office development in Blackpool town centre.
Described as ‘an historic moment’ for Blackpool’s town centre regeneration by Council Leader Cllr Lynn Williams, The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has agreed a 25 year lease with Blackpool Council and partner Muse Developments to develop a new regional hub at Talbot Gateway. DWP staff from Warbreck House and Ryscar House will move into the Blackpool Hub and Centre for Health and Disability Centre (CHDA) in autumn 2024.
This is part of the DWP’s strategic plan to centralise civil service jobs in the heart of Blackpool, and also the next stage in the Council’s ambition to rejuvenate the town centre by the introduction of high quality office developments that will protect local jobs and create new employment opportunities, drive footfall and bring a huge economic boost to retailers and local businesses in the town centre.
The c.215,000 sq ft, seven storey Hub at a new Bickerstaffe Square on King Street, will draw on Blackpool’s rich Art Deco architectural heritage, will boast an eco-friendly design, new pedestrian and cycle paths, plenty of bicycle storage for cycling to work and promoting a healthier lifestyle, and is extremely accessible, being just a few minutes walk from bus, train and tram stops, including a new tram interchange at Blackpool North train station.
Site preparation started in early 2022. Please be aware that there will be limited access available to East Topping Street Car Park as things move forward. For more information on car parking in Blackpool town centre, visit our Car Parks page.
Read the Talbot Gateway announcement
Phase 2 update
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 development, which will feature a 4* Holiday Inn and Marco Pierre White restaurant, is well on the way to completion.
A new modern and bright underpass is being built from Blackpool North train station. High Street is currently closed to allow the underpass works to be carried out. Diversions are 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 site to a new North Station terminus.
SISK are currently carrying out span works and completing the running of the overhead wiring into the new tram terminus. This essential work will ensure that trams can run down Talbot Road.
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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