£55m regeneration scheme planned for Lytham St Annes

Plans for the £55m regeneration of Lytham St Annes have been unveiled, incorporating references to the iconic random number generator ERNIE.

Heyhouses landscapingThe original ERNIE, which helped select premium bonds winners, is being brought back to life as part of landscaping at a regeneration scheme for the former Department for Work and Pensions site in Lytham St Annes.

Designed by landscape architects Planit IE for Garstang-based Worthington Properties, part of the Marcus Worthington Group, the green spaces surrounding its Heyhouses Lane development will incorporate references to the random number generator, which was housed at the site for 50 years.

162 new homes are being built at the 18.2 acre site, which will also have a new Booths supermarket, a Joseph Holt pub and large areas of landscaped public spaces, including play provision and a village green.

It is in these places that references to ERNIE will be seen, as play equipment will be designed around the theme of the first ever premium bond jackpot numbers drawn, and 11 dunes will be scattered throughout the village green in a nod to the numbers generated by the super computer.

Russell Worthington, development director at the Marcus Worthington Group said: “This site is being completely revamped from a neglected brownfield plot of land into a vibrant new community.

“We really wanted to maintain a link with the history of the site, and by bringing in references to ERNIE, we feel that this will serve as a reminder to the past in a functional and attractive way.

“The landscaping will bring together the whole development as the green spaces are designed to encourage active and passive use, while also linking all parts of the scheme through a series of walkways that culminate in the village green, which will also be the hub of the community with the Booths and the Joseph Holts pub located nearby.”

Hollinwood Homes, Worthington Properties’ residential development arm, will build 30 new houses with the remainder being built by Cheshire-based Morris Homes - one of the country’s largest privately owned house builders. The architects for the scheme are Broadway Malyan and Leach Rhodes Walker, with Turley Associates providing planning guidance and advice.