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 contractors are preparing the site ready for the the steel framework to be 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.
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.
Over the coming months the overhead electric lines and new signals are also due to be installed along Talbot Road from the terminus area to the Promenade.
Proposed schedule of works:
- Closure of High Street - mid May 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
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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