Heritage guardians honour investment in Blackpool landmarks

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Multi-million pound investments including the £21m police station,  the £16m Icon rollercoaster at the Pleasure Beach and the £5m elephant house at Blackpool Zoo have been recognised by civic chiefs.

The projects were named as winners at the Blackpool Civic Trust annual awards ceremony held at the Imperial Hotel in the resort.

The £20m Hampton-by-Hilton hotel on South Promenade, whose funding package included £4.5m from Blackpool Council, was also highlighted along with the council's Lightpool festival which was part of the Illuminations.

More than 160 guests including deputy lord lieutenant of Lancashire John Barnett attended the ceremony and dinner with awards presented by Blackpool Mayor and Mayoress Gary and Debbie Coleman.

Schools, community groups and business who contributed to supporting and improving Blackpool in 2018 were also recognised.

Joan Humble, chairman of Blackpool Civic Trust, said: "The evening was a very enjoyable way to celebrate individual and group achievement in Blackpool.

"I am pleased that John Barnett, the deputy lord lieutenant, and the Mayor and Mayoress could join us, together with MP Gordon Marsden and

the chairman of Lytham St Annes Civic Society Mrs Marion Coupe.

"The 2018 awards highlight the good work of a variety of community groups and also businesses in Blackpool which are supporting our local economy."


Junior School Environmental Shield: Park Community Academy

Senior School Environmental Shield: Park Community Academy

Blackpool Council Conservation Award: Hayles and Howe

Community Award: Winner to Revoe-Lution Choir; runner-up,The Boathouse Youth; highly commended, South Shore Partnership.

Best Open Spaces: Glasdon Group Limited

Best Night Time Economy: Joint winners, Michael Wan’s Wok Inn and Italio Restaurant and Cocktail Bar; highly commended, No 10 Ale House (Blackpool)

Best New Build: Joint winners, Park Community Academy and West Division Police Headquarters; highly commended, Hilton-by-Hampton

Best Refurbishment: Winner, The Hive; highly commended, Woodland School

Best New Visitor Attraction: Joint winners, Project Elephant Base Camp at Blackpool Zoo and Icon, Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Transforming Blackpool: Lightpool Festival

Special Award: The Great BTH KNIT Poppy Installation