This phase will see the town’s existing Wilko store torn down, the completion of the new tramway interchange at Blackpool North Station, a new underpass, a four-star Holiday Inn hotel and restaurant, and new retail outlets.
Robertson Construction Group has been appointed jointly by Blackpool Council and development partner, Muse Developments to carry out construction work which is expected to take around two years.
Dirk Pittaway, Managing Director, Robertson North West, said: “Both Blackpool Council and Muse Developments have shown real commitment and drive in continuing to progress the project during recent months.
“Clear procedures, including social distancing, will be in place to ensure the safety of everyone involved on site.”
Proposed Schedule of Works
- Demolition of Wilko’s building, Talbot Road – June to December 2020
- Construction of the high street underpass – November 2020 to 30th April 2021
- Construction of the Holiday Inn Hotel – October 2020 to April 2022
- Tram extension and track completion – January to May 2021
Executive Leader of Blackpool Council, Cllr Simon Blackburn, said: “The team have been working tirelessly around the clock to ensure that the delivery of this flagship commercial development stays on course and goes ahead as planned.
“We are confident that all the correct procedures have been put in place to secure the health and safety of all the construction workers, which is our top priority at this critical time, and we will be monitoring activity on site very closely to ensure that all the government workplace guidelines are followed.”