Go-ahead for £8.5m hotel at eyesore site

An artist's impression of the design for the new Wimbourne Place hotel

An artist's impression of the design for the new Wimbourne Place hotel

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Ambitious plans for an £8.5m hotel to be built on the site of one of Blackpool’s worst eyesores has taken a step forward.

The scheme from Blackpool-based Create Developments has been given planning permission by Blackpool Council.

Our construction arm Create Construction has considerable experience in the hotel sector and we are delighted to have the opportunity to deliver a contemporary, stylish hotel that the town can be proud of.

Paul Mathison

The company has been granted permission to build the new 130 bedroom hotel on the site of the now disused Palm Beach and Bourne Hotels on Wimbourne Place, South Promenade.

The new hotel, designed by Tim Groom Architects, Manchester, includes 130 contemporary bedrooms, a business hub, gym, bar and restaurant.

It is scheduled to become a Hamptons by Hilton hotel and approximately 40 jobs will be created when it opens its doors in Spring 2017.

The Palm Beach was gutted by fire in June last year. At its peak, around 70 firefighters were needed to tackle the blaze, which forced neighbouring residents from their homes.

Paul Mathison, Create Developments’ managing director said as a Blackpool based developer they were passionate about the positive re-development and re-generation of Blackpool.

He said: “Our construction arm Create Construction has considerable experience in the hotel sector and we are delighted to have the opportunity to deliver a contemporary, stylish hotel that the town can be proud of.

“We have been working closely with the planners over the past few weeks to ensure that we provided a building that responded to and took advantage of its unique location and reflected the character and heritage of the site, in a modern way. There is clearly an appetite to invest in the town and we are delighted to be bringing a development that will benefit Blackpool and have a positive impact on the residents and business owners of South Promenade.”

Tim Groom, Managing Director of Tim Groom Architects, said: “The town has such an important history and holds fond memories for many of us and it’s great to now be part of its future.

“Our design looks to draw on the characteristics of the historic Blackpool Crescent buildings, reinterpret them with our own design language, while not forgetting the unique and special personality of the town itself.”