Facade revamp set to focus on the side street

Shops in the Winter Gardens building, on Coronation Street, Blackpool.

Shops in the Winter Gardens building, on Coronation Street, Blackpool.

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Work is set to start on renovating the west facade of the Winter Gardens as part of the next stage of the historic venue’s restoration.

And it is hoped the latest scheme will help kickstart moves to attract more businesses to the Grade II listed building.

A planning application has been lodged with Blackpool Council seeking permission to upgrade one of the commercial units on Coronation Street.

Heritage chiefs hope the move will encourage further investment.

Elaine Smith, of the Winter Gardens Trust, said; “These units are currently very underused, and we want to revive their fortunes.

“This will then attract people into the Winter Gardens itself. It will also help to link the Winter Gardens with the rest of the shopping centre.

“We do believe there is potential for some kind of niche retail offer here.”

A design statement accompanying the planning application says it is proposed to follow the original designs for that part of the complex, using materials such as hardwood and nickel plated stainless steel.

The design brief adds: “The replacement of the current shopfront with that proposed will be an important step in restoring the west facade of the Winter Gardens.

“It is hoped to involve other small businesses and use this as an example to those looking to take up leases on the empty units.”

The Winter Gardens Trust has been established to help preserve the historic Victorian venue. Any changes must also secure listed building consent.

Plenty of work to do on historic town landmark

Work already carried out as part of £1.5m first phase of restoration of the Winter Gardens includes the reopening of the glass rotunda at the St John’s Square entrance.

The roof structure of the Floral Hall has also been given an overhaul and returned to its original condition.

This work included reinstalling the glass work within the hall.

Craftsmen have painstakingly replicated the Art Deco style of the building.

Units on Church Street have also been overhauled.

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