Conlon completes Spanish Hall restoration at Winter Gardens

Conlon Construction has completed the £1.9m renovation of the Spanish Hall in Blackpool's Winter Gardens.

Leaking rainwater and temporary fixes had meant the hall, which was famed for its plasterwork and Andalusian style, had looked less than its best for more than 15 years.

Throughout the 14-month project, the hall had continued to play host to conferences, concerts and local events to audiences of up to 600.

Conlon was recognised for its ethical standards and sensitivity to the local environment during the renovation with a Silver award at the National Site Awards 2019 hosted by the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

Michael Conlon, chairman at Conlon Construction, said: “The Winter Gardens play such a big part in the seaside town experience and it was a real pleasure to preserve this beautiful historic asset. The buildings are a real icon of Blackpool and can now be enjoyed by future visitors for generations to come.

“Ensuring the Winter Gardens remained fully operational throughout the duration of the works was of huge importance. This required meticulous planning to balance the commercial needs of the venue with the careful protection of its intricate, listed decoration. This project was a privilege to work on and adds to our extensive heritage expertise, accumulated over decades across the North West and beyond.”

The work was funded by Blackpool Council and Historic England, and was procured through the North West Construction Hub.

Cllr Gillian Campbell, deputy leader of Blackpool Council, said: “The Spanish Hall has a rich and fascinating history so it is fitting that it has been carefully restored by specialists. It is an impressive space that can once again be fully appreciated by event and conference attendees and will be enjoyed well in to the future.”

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