Blackpool energy college well under way

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Work on a £9.8m energy college project in Blackpool has taken another step forward with the erection of the building’s steel skeleton.

The site of the former international terminal has been cleared by Bardsley Construction workers over the past few months.

An artist's impression of how Blackpool and The Fylde College's energy HQ might look

An artist's impression of how Blackpool and The Fylde College's energy HQ might look

And now the supporting frame of the building is well under way at the Squires Gate site.

The college is set to be the lynch-pin of the Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone which aims to create around 3,000 jobs.

The college building is set to be a centre for skills in renewable energy technology but more controversially, will also be the site of an onshore oil and gas training hub, a project criticised by opponents of fracking on the Fylde.

Lancashire Enterprise Partnership is providing £6.2m in Growth Deal funds towards the £9.8m cost of the project.

Kenneth Beaton, project manager for the energy head quarters at Blackpool and The Fylde College, said: “Construction work is well under way on the Lancashire Energy HQ site.

“The project remains on programme to complete July 2017 and we look forward to welcoming students from September 2017.”