Resort’s green and pleasant headland

Artist's impression of planned revamp of headland by United Utilities Manchester Square headland
Artist's impression of planned revamp of headland by United Utilities Manchester Square headland
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WORK is due to start later this year on transforming another of Blackpool’s new headlands.

Raised lawns will be laid on the Manchester Square section of the Promenade to disguise a United Utilities pumping station and create a seafront lounging area.

The ambitious scheme was first announced in 2009 but subject to council approval is now set to begin in October, taking 12 months to complete.

The water company has submitted a new planning application to the council with amendments to the original landscaping proposal.

A United Utilities spokesman said: “The main change is to reduce the height of the landscaped area, so it blends better with the existing Promenade, and is easier to maintain.

“All the other features of the original proposal have been retained.

“These include a raised lawn area for the public to enjoy, ventilation shafts which have cleverly been made to look like art sculptures reminiscent of blades of grass, use of green granite building cladding which complements materials used on other nearby buildings, and lit bollards to help visibility when strolling in the evening.

“If the planning approval is granted, we aim to commence work this October, with work taking an estimated 12 months.

“The scheme will finish off this section of the Promenade, allowing unbroken pedestrian access. Our whole philosophy has been to use sensitive landscaping which is sympathetic to this iconic Blackpool landmark.”

United Utilities has invested £20m in its waste water sites at Bloomfield Road and Manchester Square.

The £100m upgrade of the Promenade includes the Tower Festival headland which is currently under construction to include the wedding chapel, Comedy Carpet and a 20,000 capacity open-air arena.

Waterloo and St Chad’s headlands are currently being resurfaced.