Estate’s new era

Coun Gillian Campbell and Bruce Lister laying the first brick at Queens Park
Coun Gillian Campbell and Bruce Lister laying the first brick at Queens Park
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It may be just one brick - but it represents the start of a new era for a Blackpool neighbourhood.

Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for housing Coun Gillian Campbell joined Bruce Lister, regeneration manager at developer Lovell, for a ceremonial laying of the first brick to mark the start of work on new family homes at Queens Park, Layton.

The £22m scheme will see the five tower blocks replaced by 198 modern homes.

Coun Campbell said: “I am extremely proud to have been able to lay the first brick at the new Queens Park.

“This heralds the beginning of a new era at Queens Park and I am looking forward to watching the development progress.”

Mr Lister added: “This is a key moment in the construction of the first properties for this new development of high-quality, contemporary, 
energy-efficient homes.

“We’ll be continuing to 
engage with the local community throughout the scheme, enabling young people to train as apprentices working on the project, and creating job and training placements.”

Designed by Condy Lofthouse Architects, the first phase of works includes the demolition of the first two tower blocks, Charles Court and Ashworth Court, and the construction of 92 new homes.

The second phase of the scheme will follow on from completion of the first in March 2015.

The new development will be made up of 108 two, three and four-bedroom houses and 90 apartments, 60 of which have been designed to convert to 30 family homes.