The steel structure on the site of the old Central car park has shot up, providing a glimpse of what the seven-storey building will look like when completed
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Residents of Blackpool will have noticed metal structure of the brand new car park at Blackpool Central begin to take shape.
The steel frame on the site of the old Central car park has shot up, providing a glimpse of what the seven-storey building will look like when completed.
Blackpool Council, which will operate the new car park being built as part of the £32m first phase of the £300m Blackpool Central leisure development, wants the facility to be up and running in time for summer visitors later this year.
Central Car Park will stay open during construction of the multi-storey, but with 250 parking spaces taken away from its current 900 total.
The new seven-storey car park will have 1,306 spaces including 25 electric car charging points. It will also be fitted with CCTV, an office and bicycle storage.
Once complete, the former Central Carpark will close to allow the next phases of the leisure development which include three indoor theme attractions including a hi-tech flying theatre, a 200-room hotel plus bars, restaurants and outdoor entertainment space.
The former Central Station closed in 1964 and has since been used as a car park. Previous attempts to develop the site, including planning applications in 2001 and 2006 were rebuffed. Finally, plans to transform the area have been given the green light.
The Heritage Quarter is set to be built by spring 2024, with further phases not operational until spring or summer 2025, and the full development expected to take 10 years to complete.
- 16:42, 27 JAN 2023