Planned Winter Gardens hotel in Blackpool is up for sale for £2.5m

The site of a proposed new Winter Gardens hotel has been put up for sale with a £2.5m price tag.

By James Graves
Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 10:31 am

The site, which has planning permission in place, is being sold through Duxburys Commercial agents.

Outline planning permission was granted in June 2018 for the hotel by Blackpool Council, comprising 203 rooms with gym, spa, restaurant and café facilities.

The scheme for the three-to-five storey property on land between Leopold Grove, Adelaide Street and Alfred Street includes a second floor bridge to link the development directly with the conference centre which is set to open next year.

Design impression of what the hotel could look like

The development site also includes a car park on the lower ground floor providing capacity for up to 62 vehicles.

It’s hoped hotel developers will be attracted to build on the site alongside Blackpool’s Winter Gardens which would complement the £28m conference centre currently being constructed.

Last year, Blackpool Council sought investors to bring the hotel vision to life. The council is not involved in the sale process.

Tom Cunningham, hotels director at Savills Manchester, previously said: “Winter Gardens is an iconic destination in Blackpool, with its extensive entertainment facilities and excellent location.

The site is currently used as a car park

“This is a rare opportunity to acquire an exciting proposed hotel development in the area, at a time when we are seeing the Blackpool hotel sector shift into the modern budget corporate market.”

A report by planning officers said the scheme would “add to the offer of quality visitor accommodation close to the town centre and is particularly well placed to serve future delegates at the conference centre”.

It is hoped secure attached hotel accommodation could help the council-owned Winter Gardens win back the main party political conferences which it previously hosted.

The site is currently partly occupied by a car park following the demolition of 22 terraced buildings.

The new two floor conference centre is to be built on the site of the former car park on Leopold Grove with refurbishment works also unveiling the full exterior of the outside of the Empress Ballroom for the first time in years.

The complex will provide capacity for more than 1,600 people when its completed.