Big Apple to take a bite out of our resort?

The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in north east USA and (below) revamped Blackpool Prom.
The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in north east USA and (below) revamped Blackpool Prom.
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New York could be set to turn to Blackpool for inspiration as it starts to rebuild areas devastated by a powerful hurricane.

Rockaway Beach in Queens was among the worst casualties of Hurricane Sandy which hit the city last October.

The revamped Blackpool Promenade.

The revamped Blackpool Promenade.

As part of the recovery process, a call has gone out for ideas to create a new sustainable seafront and Blackpool’s £100m sea defences scheme has been put forward as a model for what could be achieved.

It is one of 25 proposals on display at the Museum of Modern Art in the city.

Global construction company AECOM, which oversaw the Blackpool scheme, believes a similar solution - combining flood protection with high quality open space - could work for Rockaway.

AECOM senior director of masterplanning Tom Smith said: “Rockaway is not just looking at having just a giant sea wall, but a piece of public realm as well and that is how we designed the Blackpool project.

“So we are delighted to be able to showcase the Blackpool scheme in New York, because it is quite a pioneering model.”

Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for urban regeneration, said: “Obviously the design brief in New York is fairly similar to ours, if not slightly more urgent, and I’m delighted residents in Rockaway are considering following our example and discussing how the sea defences could work in their resort.

“I look forward to seeing what designs they finally come up with, and if they need any help or advice with it, we’d be happy to give it to them.”

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