Talbot Gateway regeneration scheme update
Working in partnership with Blackpool Council and Muse developments, Robertson Construction, the main contractor, will start demolition of the Wilko building and connected car park from Monday 7 September 2020.
Once demolition has taken place there will be a new Holiday Inn Hotel, tramway link and underpass leading to the station. Works will take around 2 years to complete.
The scheme will be complete in two phases:
- Phase 1 - Demolition of the existing building.
- Phase 2 - Construction and completion of the new hotel, incorporation of the Blackpool tramway to link into Blackpool North train station, construction of a new underpass and external works around the new hotel site
Phase 1 site investigations are now complete with demolition starting early September.
To allow for safe demolition and to ensure public safety, hoardings will be placed around the building plus road and pavement closures around the site for 6 to 8 weeks at Talbot Road, High Street and Dickson Road.
Temporary traffic signals, diversion routes and alternative pedestrian footpaths will be in place.
The underpass leading to the station will also be closed on both sides for the duration of the work, with an alternative accessible route available.
Demolition will be complete by approximately January 2021.
Proposed schedule of works:
- Inspection and demolition of Wilko building, Talbot Road - June to December 2020
- Construction of the high street underpass - November 2020 to April 2021
- Construction of the Holiday Inn Hotel - October 2020 to April 2022
- Tram extension and track completion - January to May 2021
Robertson Construction have already engaged with Blackpool and Fylde College ‘Build Up’ programme and will be actively engaging with local communities, schools and colleges during the life of the project.
The aim is to promote the construction industry and the career paths available within the field. The project will aim to generate training and job opportunities for local people and support the local economy by prioritising spend in the FY postcode.
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