Latest stage of Blackpool regeneration is handed over

Eric Wright Construction and its client, Muse Developments, has handed over the completed Bickerstaffe Square office bulding that forms part of the Talbot Gateway regeneration scheme in Blackpool, to the council.

Blackpool Council will be occupying the top four storeys of the five-storey, 126,500 building.

The first floor will be let out to a third party, while the ground floor will include retail units, a central courtyard, a cycle store with capacity for 80 bicycles, and a gym which will be open to the public.

The building has already been awarded an "Excellent" rating from BREEAM and has achieved an EPC "A" rating.

It forms part of the larger Talbot Gateway regeneration scheme, centred around the redevelopment of Blackpool North railway station.

When complete this will include a three-star and four-star hotel, while later this year it will benefit from the completion of the largest Sainsbury's to be built this year, at 60,000 sq ft.

Eric Wright managing director John Wilson said: “We are particularly proud of this project and we are pleased that we were able to work together with the local community to provide job opportunities for local unemployed people and apprentices throughout the build.”

Andrew Barton, project manager at Muse Developments, said: "Although an ambitious scheme, Talbot Gateway has already begun to provide a much needed boost for the town centre, which will only be further evidenced when the neighbouring Sainsbury’s store opens to the public within the coming weeks."

Councillor Fred Jackson, Blackpool Council's cabinet member for urban regeneration, said: ""An extremely professional job has been done on this project which has and will continue to bring hundreds of jobs into Blackpool and reshape the face of our town centre."

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