Huge revamp for car park

Houndshill Centre car park, Blackpool
Houndshill Centre car park, Blackpool
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A TOWN centre car park is set to undergo a multi-million pound renovation.

Houndshill Shopping Centre’s multi storey car park will have £1.5m spent on it to enhance its lighting and introduce modern decoration finishes throughout.

Security will also be upgraded, but bosses say disruption will be kept to a minimum and the centre will remain open throughout the work.

Debbs Lancelott, centre manager at Houndshill Shopping Centre, said, “The car park refurbishment will dramatically improve the experience for shoppers.

“It will create a new and modern environment and provide Blackpool with a superb parking space that is in keeping with the contemporary design of the centre.”

The refurbishments are expected to be completed by the spring of 2013 and are taking place in two phases.

Phase one is due to be completed by the Christmas trading period and will focus on repairing cracked concrete.

The second phase is set to be carried out before the Spring of 2013 and it is hoped the improvements will rank it among some of the best in the country.

Sarah Lundy, of Merlin Entertainments Group, which runs all the attractions inside Blackpool Tower, said: “We are delighted to hear of the work taking place at Houndshill car park.

“It will provide visitors to The Blackpool Tower and the many attractions in Blackpool with a perfect place to park within the town centre, and just behind the Tower itself.”

The car park upgrade comes as the shopping centre’s new owners –Catalyst Capital – were instrumental in opening six new stores.

They included Trespass, Duffer, The Fragrance Shop, Millies Cookies, Vision Express and Red Dress.

Eileen Ormand, manager of Blackpool Improvement District, said: “Car parking is always an issue and I’m pleased to hear more is going to be done to improve the situation.

“The more we can improve car parking, the more it’s going to help the town.

“The fact the owners of Houndshill are investing in the car park is an indication of their belief in the future of the shopping centre and Blackpool town