This week’s Project Update feature looks at the Hampton by Hilton hotel being built on South Promenade which is now taking shape.
Around a third of the steel frame is now in place for the construction of the £20m 130-bedroom scheme. It is being built on the site of the former Palm Beach Hotel on Wimbourne Crescent which has been bulldozed. The adjacent Warwick Hotel has also been demolished and a temporary car park has been completed with 106 car spaces and nine motorcycle spaces. The car park is owned by the council.
Blackpool-based Create Developments, which is spearheading the project, says the hotel is due to be completed by May 2018.
Blackpool Council stepped in to loan £4.5m towards the scheme in order to plug a shortfall in the funding. Other finance has come from Create Construction and a PLC pension fund.
The former Palm Beach Hotel had been closed for a number of years and had become the target of vandalism and arson attacks causing it to deteriorate into an eyesore. The investment in a new hotel is seen as a key step towards regenerating this part of South Promenade.
A spokesperson for Create Developments said: “ We are delighted with the progress on site. “Following the demolition of the Warwick Hotel, we have now completed the provision of a temporary car park with 106 space plus nine motorcycle spaces.. “The project is currently on programme with the steel frame 30 per cent erected and due to be complete by mid June. “The Hampton by Hilton Hotel is still on track to be complete by May 2018. “The residents have all been very accommodating and have complemented the tidiness and efficiencies of our site and we appreciate their continued support.”