Talbot Gateway regeneration scheme 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 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.
From 5 July for four weeks there will be a series of road closures on Talbot Road to fit overhead electric lines and new signals from the terminus area to the Promenade.
- Dickson Road / Topping Street junction to North Terminus w/c 5 July (1 week) - This includes Dickson Road / Topping St Junction closure
- Talbot Road to Dickson Road / Topping Street w/c 12 July (1 week) - This includes Abingdon Junction closures
- North Pier Junction to Talbot Road Tie-In w/c 19 July (1-2 weeks) - Promenade closures
The work will be phased overnight only and no daytime closures are planned in order to minimise disruption to local businesses and residents.
We apologise in advance for any inconvenience that may be caused and as always we shall keep you up-to-date with plans to help you go about your business as normal.
Proposed schedule of works:
- Closure of High Street - 5 July 2021 for approx 26 weeks
- Closures on Talbot Road - 5 July for 4 weeks
- Construction of the Holiday Inn Hotel - Spring 2021 to Summer 2022
- Tram extension and track completion - May 2021 to end of 2021
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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