Gateway up for top award

The Talbot Gateway development
The Talbot Gateway development
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One of Blackpool’s most impressive built schemes is in the running for prestigious property accolades including the coveted ‘Project of the Year’ title.

The Talbot Gateway development has made it on to the shortlist of the 2015 RICS North West Awards.

Talbot Gateway has been shortlisted for the Regeneration accolade and the Commercial (property) Award after “a successful regeneration project has transformed an undesirable area into an attractive and vibrant gateway from the railway station into the town centre.”

The shortlist of 45 are now in with a chance of winning one of seven prestigious accolades and the ‘Project of the Year’ title on April 30 in Manchester.

Winners in four of the categories (Building Conservation, Community Benefit, Design through Innovation and Regeneration) will automatically be entered into the national RICS Awards, where they will compete against other leading projects from across the UK later this year.

Chairman of the RICS North West Awards judging panel, Will Rees, of Rees Straw Chartered Surveyors, said: “Each shortlisted project is of quality design and is hugely beneficial to their local community and wider areas.”

Fred Jackson, Blackpool council’s cabinet member for urban regeneration, said: “I’m delighted that the work around the regeneration of the Talbot Gateway has been praised in this way by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

“It is easy to forget that just a few years ago this area was hugely run down while it is now a modern, friendly area that is regenerating the land around the train station. It has also increased town centre footfall and well over a thousand workers and new customers have been brought into the town centre”

The awards will beheld at the The Monastery. Tickets from www.rics.org/awards.