A SEAFRONT hotel has been demolished three years after fire tore through the building.
The Revills Hotel on North Promenade was the victim of two arson attacks in 2009.
Since then the 47-bedroomed premises, which had been closed for more than seven years, had fallen into a state of disrepair and it was feared the building was unsafe.
Now owner the Sleepwell Group has bulldozed the venue at the corner of Banks Street, which they hope to replace with a block of 15 residential apartments after it was decided a new hotel would not be a viable option.
Mark Wilson, managing director of the Sleepwell Group which also owns The Carousel Hotel on South Promenade, said ambitious proposals to redevelop the prime site were in the pipeline.
He said: “It has cost us a six figure sum to bring the building down and we will make sure the site is clear and kept tidy.
“The plan is to redevelop the land when the market allows, and we see the site as being a key part of the regeneration of Blackpool.
“It is close to the new Central Business District being developed around North Station and we feel it is a prime site.
“This is the first step in the journey of getting something new there.”
Outline planning permission, subject to the completion of legal agreements, was granted by Blackpool Council last July for a four storey block of 15 apartments on the site.
Claremont ward councillor Ivan Taylor welcomed the demolition of the building which had become an eyesore.
He said: “It has been a long time since the fire and there has been a lot of trouble over that period.
“Apart from the appearance of the building deteriorating, there have been break-ins.
“So I am glad things are getting moving and we want to see something on that site.
“It is a shame to lose a hotel, because it was a well-known hotel, but it couldn’t stay as it was.”
More than 40 firefighters tackled a blaze at the Revills Hotel in March 2009, and flames broke out again in May the same year.
Guests staying in neighbouring holiday flats had to be evacuated after a fire started in the late afternoon.
An arson investigation was launched by police but no-one was ever caught.
Around 15 members of staff lost their jobs when the Revills closed in December 2004.