Historic Blackpool pub’s £3.5m transformation is under way as Talbot Gateway steams ahead

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The Hop Inn in Blackpool is set for a new future costing millions of pounds

 

The former Hop Inn pub is being transformed in to a dentist
The former Hop Inn pub is being transformed in to a dentist

Work has started on converting part of the historic Hop Inn pub in Blackpool in to a dental surgery at a cost of £3.5m, with the historic frontage of the former watering hole retained.

The scheme is part of a bigger £100million investment to build a seven storey office block on land between East Topping Street, Cookson Street, King Street and Deansgate.

It is hoped to begin construction of the offices in March or April 2022 as part of the third phase of the Talbot Gateway masterplan.

The King Street dental practice is among buildings earmarked for demolition to make way for the redevelopment and will be relocated to what was the Hop Inn; and what was The Veevers Arms Hotel before it was known as that.

Blackpool Council chiefs have appointed the Blackpool Local Education Partnership, set up to handle real estate, as its strategic partnership contractor to undertake the detailed design and construction required to convert the Hop Inn.

Arrangements are also being made to provide a temporary relocation site for the dental practice if necessary while work is underway.

A council report says: “In order to secure the Talbot Gateway phase three development it is imperative that the council has vacant possession of the land as detailed in the planning application.”

The Hop Inn's external features will be retained as part of wider plans to transform it into a dental surgery
The Hop Inn’s external features will be retained as part of wider plans to transform it into a dental surgery (Image: Cassidy + Ashton)

It adds the dental surgery “must be relocated in the next eight months in order to deliver the new office building in sufficient time to meet the prospective tenant’s lease expiry deadlines”.

The report says it “is anticipated that the work on the new office block will start in March /April 2022”.

It adds: “The total estimated cost to undertake the enabling work, detailed design and construction work required to convert part of the old Hop Inn into a dental surgery is £3.5m.”

Planning permission was granted in March for the conversion of the locally listed Hop Inn.

The front facade of the building in its three storey form will be retained as a focal point for the public realm areas between it and the new offices.

A two to three storey extension will be built on the back of the building, with other parts of the back of the former pub demolished to make way for a surface-level car park.