SLIDESHOW: The changing face of Blackpool

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Work is well and truly under way on the long-awaited £220m transformation of the town centre.

It is six years since the Council began its search for a development partner and three since it signed a deal with regeneration specialists Muse, who have previously overseen work in London, Manchester, Glasgow and Leeds.

Looking down on the old and the new of Blackpool.

Looking down on the old and the new of Blackpool.

But now work on the newly-named Central Business District, focusing on the Talbot Road area of Blackpool, has begun.

It is hoped that as well as significantly improving the look of the town centre, the revamp will attract more new businesses, boosting spending in the town.

Sainbury’s is to open a 58,000 square foot supermarket while Blackpool Council will relocate into new premises. It is hoped all work will be complete by April 2014.

Grants from the now defunct North West Development Agency helped the council buy up properties including the former site of the Flamingo nightclub in order to allow the transformation to begin.

The work will inevitably involve some disruption – with New Larkhill Street, Buchanan Street, George Street, Talbot Road and Cookson Street all affected – but most agree the Central Business District can only be good news for the town.

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