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Talbot Gateway

Talbot Gateway regeneration scheme update 

A picture of Talbot Gateway demolition at the end of October 2020 viewed from Topping StreetWorking in partnership with Blackpool Council and Muse developments, Robertson Construction, the main contractor, started demolition of the Wilko building and connected car park on 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. 

Construction progress

Demolition of the Wilko's building is progressing well and on schedule.

Dickson Road and Queen Street will be fully re-open ahead of schedule from 17:00 Wednesday 25 November 2020. 

High Street will be closed from late February/early March 2021 until summer 2021 to allow the new subway works to be undertaken and work will also start on drainage and a dig exercise to accommodate the future tramway extension into the scheme.

Further details will follow but please follow the diversion signs that will be in place and allow extra time for your journey.

To allow for safe demolition and to ensure public safety, hoardings are placed around the building plus partial road and pavement closures around the site at Talbot Road, High Street and Dickson Road.

Temporary traffic signals, diversion routes and alternative pedestrian footpaths are all in place. 

The underpass leading to the station is 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 May 2021 
  • Construction of the Holiday Inn Hotel - Jan 2021 to Summer 2022 
  • Tram extension and track completion - April to August 2021 

Community activity

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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