Regeneration work to restart at Blackpool's Talbot Gateway

The first week of June will see work begin again on the Talbot Gateway regeneration project in Blackpool town centre.

The next phase will begin with the demolition of the existing Wilko store, which is likely to take until December.

The project also includes the completion of the new tramway interchange at Blackpool North Station (scheduled to take place between January to May 2021), a new underpass (November 2020 to the end of April 2021), a four-star Holiday Inn hotel and restaurant, and new retail outlets (October 2020 to April 2022).

All timings are subject to there being no further delays due to the current Covid-19 crisis.

The work follows the completion of the first phase, which saw the opening of Sainsbury’s supermarket and the development of offices, which now accommodate more than 1,000 public and private-sector employees.

Robertson Construction Group has been appointed jointly by Blackpool Council and development partner, Muse Developments.

Cllr Simon Blackburn, executive leader of Blackpool Council, said: “The team has been working tirelessly around the clock to ensure that the delivery of this flagship commercial development stays on course and goes ahead as planned.

It is really important that we stay committed to the delivery of ongoing regeneration projects.

"As we emerge out of the current emergency crisis and into a period of recovery and rebuilding, it is really important that as a community we stay committed and focused to the successful delivery of the ongoing regeneration projects throughout the town, to ensure the town is in the best possible place it can be to achieve economic recovery, improve long term resilience, create new opportunities and secure long-term jobs for the people of Blackpool."

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