£220m plan growing from the ground up

A view of the work in progress on Talbot Gateway from the roof of Talbot Road car park.
A view of the work in progress on Talbot Gateway from the roof of Talbot Road car park.

THIS stunning image shows how a multi-million pound transformation of a key part of Blackpool is taking shape.

Steelwork is now in place for both the council offices and the Sainsbury’s supermarket as phase one of the £220m Talbot Gateway Central Business District begins to come to life.

An artist's impression of the new council offices at Talbot Gateway, Blackpool.

An artist's impression of the new council offices at Talbot Gateway, Blackpool.

Work began on the council offices, in the foreground of our image, at the end of last year, while construction work on the food store behind began in January.

The picture was taken from the top of the neighbouring Talbot Road multi-storey car park and show how the “milestone” work is shaping up.

Coun Gary Coleman, cabinet member for regeneration and urban development on Blackpool Council, said: “The installation of the steel is a key milestone in the construction of the building.

“It’s fantastic to see the structure starting to take shape and rise above the fencing which borders the construction site.

“Good progress is being made and it’s exciting to see the landscape changing each day.”

The scheme will see the regeneration of a 25-acre site between George Street, Buchanan Street, Cookson Street, Talbot Road and New Larkhill Street.

Around 350 jobs will be created at the new Sainsbury’s store when it opens in summer 2014, while the council offices are expected to be ready by spring 2014.

Andy Barton, project manager for developer Muse, said: “Both projects are on progress to be completed on time although we were held up a little bit by high winds.

“The next stage will be the walls going on and very soon people will start to see what the buildings will eventually look like.”

At the peak of construction, 364 people will be employed on the massive building project which also includes new infrastructure around the town centre.

A £6m overhaul of The Talbot Road multi-storey car park is also progressing with the newly refurbished car park with 653 spaces set to re-open in July.

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