Conference centre building schedule agreed

An artists impression of the new conference centre at the Winter Gardens
An artists impression of the new conference centre at the Winter Gardens
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Blackpool Council has laid out a formal construction programme for work to build a £25m new conference centre at the Winter Gardens.

The schedule, which has been agreed by the executive, has been developed in order to minimise disruption to the operation of the complex.

It will see work begin next month including the start of the remaining demolition process and repairs to the existing building.

The new build work will then start in December, with internal fit out due next August.

External landscaping will take place in January 2019 with testing and commissioning in March and April.

It is proposed the building will be finished by April 2019 in readiness for hand over to the council.

A town hall report says the work will enable delivery of “a fit for purpose 21st century conference centre”.

Bookings are already being taken for the new venue including the GMB general workers annual congress in June 2020.