A TREASURED Blackpool landmark being transformed into futuristic apartment blocks will be named Admiral Point, it was announced today.
Builders have now moved on to the grounds of the old Miners' Home on Queens Promenade to start the grand renovation of the famous seafront feature.
And Persimmon Homes – the company behind the revamp – said they had already received nearly 1,000 enquiries about the new apartments.
Scaffolding now covers most of the exterior of the building which is to be converted into 47 self-contained apartments, as well as 112 further apartments and houses in two and three-storey blocks.
Kymm Conway, sales manager for Persimmon Homes, said: "Work on the refurbishment of the Miners' Home has now started and construction of the new-build development is anticipated to start in October.
"The scheme will comprise of apartments and homes ranging from one to four bedrooms including 47 two and three bedroom apartments in the existing building and 71 new apartments with additional three and four bedroom homes within the grounds.
"We have already received close to 1,000 enquiries about the development and expect a sales presence to be on site in September when the first properties will be released.
"The development of the Miners' Home will be marketed under the name Admiral Point and we look forward to creating a landmark on Blackpool seafront which will do the town and its people justice."
Initial applications were thrown out after people complained the plan – including curved, barrel-roofed apartments – was too futuristic and would be out of keeping with the traditional 1930s structure.
The finished development – with the north wing of the convalescent home demolished – will have matching brickwork to tie the buildings together and will include dormer windows, French doors and roof lights.