THIS is the first look inside Blackpool’s iconic - and controversial - Promenade wedding chapel.
The angular structure, which has drawn equal amounts of praise and criticism from residents watching its construction, is set to be handed over to Blackpool Council at the end of July.
The Gazette took the chance to join construction students as they toured the new wedding chapel, restaurant and tourist information offices opposite Blackpool Tower.
The £2.8m structure, being built by Mowbray Drive-based F Parkinson, has been designed so that no two angles in the main structure are the same, giving every room an individual feel.
Site manager Steve Bather, from Bispham, said: “This will be the main feature of the Promenade. When it’s all finished, it will put Blackpool back on the map as a prime holiday location.
“It’s something different. Hopefully, in turn, it will encourage private enterprises to improve their parts of Blackpool as well – we’ve already seen the Sands venue make a big investment there.
“I think the whole scheme is starting to come together really well.”
The building is part of the wider £100m Promenade upgrade.
The top floors are made of a treated wood, taken from sustainable forests in Finland. It is then treated with a plastic coating to protect it from the harsh elements that can be encountered on a sea front.
The lower floors are a mixture of wood and glass, with a restaurant space downstairs which Blackpool Council is set to put out to tender for an operator.
The building is part of the wider £100m Promenade upgrade. A different contractor will create the landscaping once it is completed.
Students from four Wigan colleges visited the site thanks to a scheme set up by Western Skills Centre to encourage young people to look into the construction industry.