Restoration work on Blackpool landmark to go ahead

Work is to be carried out on the Coronation Street facade of the Winter Gardens
Work is to be carried out on the Coronation Street facade of the Winter Gardens
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Work to safeguard the future of the Winter Gardens has secured listed building consent after heritage chiefs warned it was essential to maintain the historic landmark.

Work to safeguard the future of the Winter Gardens has secured listed building consent after heritage chiefs warned it was essential to maintain the historic landmark.

The scheme, which is the latest phase of a multi-million pound upgrade programme for the Grade II listed building, will see the Coronation Street frontage refurbished.

Craftsmen are set to focus on the restoring the white faience tiling, ornate decorations and detailed windows.

This part of the building also features an arched gable which bears the name 'Winter Gardens' around the perimeter.

There is detailed glazing at the centre of the arch while on the ground floor there are a number of shop units between vertical columns.

Town hall planners approved an application using their delegated powers for listed building consent to enable work to be carried out.

This will include a 'conservation clean' to remove vegetation and surface soiling, and repair of structural iron and steel work.

Weather-proofing materials will be installed, damaged tiles will be replaced and areas of glass will also be repaired.

The consent includes measures to protect the council-owned building including the use of specialist supervision to oversee the restoration work.

A condition has also been imposed that a programme of investigation is carried out and overseen by the council's heritage manager.

A report by planners says: "The Winter Gardens is an iconic Grade II listed building that must be properly maintained and enhanced for the future.

"The works proposed are accepted as necessary to ensure the continued structural integrity and quality of appearance of the building."

On the Coronation Street side, water has got into the structure, loosening some tiles and creating a potential threat to passers-by.

The work is part of a £1.9m project which is also seeing the roof of the Spanish Hall replaced.

The scheme is being funded through borrowing of £895,000, £600,000 from the council’s capital spending programme, which was agreed in spring by the council, and £500,000 grant funding from Historic England.