Blackpool’s new nine-screen cinema and huge Wilko takes major step forward

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The cinema is set to include the biggest immersive screen in Lancashire

 

CGI image of Phase 2 development
CGI image of Phase 2 development

Work has begun at site of a new huge Wilko and nine screen cinema in Blackpool.

The Houndshill development team met on Friday (September 24) to break ground at Tower Street Car Park at Houndshill Shopping Centre to mark the start of the main contract for phase two works on site.

This comes after three key deals were signed in February, which enabled the scheme to commence.

Blackpool Council’s acquisition of Tower Street Car Park, a lease agreement for a new 22,500 sq ft wilko store and a deal with MMC Cinemas for a nine screen, 850 seat, 40,500 sq ft multi-media cinema complex.

The cinema is set to include the biggest immersive screen in Lancashire.

GRAHAM has been appointed as the lead contractor and CBRE the project manager and cost consultant for the scheme.

The first phase enabling works will involve initial utilities diversion works and the preparation of site for the main building works to follow.

This first phase of the project will be complete by winter 2022.

When completed, the scheme is said to deliver over 100 jobs.

There will also be 0.5 acres of brownfield land developed, 76,500 sq. ft. of new commercial floorspace and more than 260 construction jobs created over the build period.

Ground breaking at Phase 2 of Blackpool’s Houndshill redevelopment.

It is thought that the scheme will increase the shoppers and visitors to Houndshill Shopping Centre by 1.2m.

Cllr Lynn Williams, Leader of Blackpool Council said, “We are committed to diversifying and modernising the town centre to encourage residents and visitors to choose Blackpool as their main shopping centre of choice. This means celebrating our well known heritage buildings, driving footfall to new areas of the town and encouraging people to stay for longer.

“The Houndshill Phase 2 extension will deliver a new range of high-quality entertainment, retail and leisure choices that meet the needs of the modern family, which will complement the existing shops at the Houndshill, boost both day and night time business, and increase the amount of time and money spent in the town centre.

“For the town centre to prosper we must continue to provide new reasons to attract resident and visitors and to extend the time of visits into the evening with more entertainment and leisure choices that the whole family can enjoy. New purpose-built, ultra-modern buildings that can adapt to ever-evolving consumer aspirations are important and will shape how we use our town centre in the future.”

The overall scheme has been facilitated by £5m of funding from the Government’s COVID-19 Getting Building Fund, following formal approval by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in October last year. Blackpool Council will fund the balance of the scheme through prudential borrowing.

Full schedule of works:

  • Tower Street Car Park is now closed but the Houndshill multi-storey car park will remain open throughout the project.
  • Alternative short-stay and long-stay car parks are available across town, including pay and display on-street parking in the vicinity and nearby open air car parks at East Topping Street, Bonny Street and Central, as well as West Street multi-storey.
  • The site is now fenced off for the duration of the building works but pedestrian access will still be available and the Houndshill retailers are not be affected
  • The section of the northbound carriageway of Coronation Street which runs adjacent to the development site at Tower Street Car Park will be closed to traffic
  • A temporary three-way signal system around the junction of Coronation Street and Adelaide Street will control traffic past the site, ensuring that access to and from Houndshill Car Park, the M&S collection point and the staff entrance to the Winter Gardens is maintained.

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