As Blackpool becomes one of the first of seven UK towns to secure £40m of government funding as part of the Town Deal, the iconic seaside resort is set to witness a number of new developments this year.
Alongside the much-anticipated £300m Blackpool Central complex, which will receive £10m of funding, projects to reimagine the Illuminations, airport, university and Houndshill Shopping Centre are all underway.
“Blackpool council has just formally signed the terms of the £39.5m Town Deal which will provide a huge boost to the town’s regeneration and post-Covid economic recovery,” reported Lancashire Live. “During lockdown, Blackpool’s own community has also been working on projects designed to revitalise the town.”
Blackpool Illuminations will receive £4.5m toward upgrading its 3 kilometres of electrical infrastructure, as well as three new light art installations, while Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone will receive £7.5m to improve access and development opportunities.
The Houndshill Shopping Centre Development will be the site of a new 850-seater IMAX Cinema featuring an esports café, and £9m of funding will help relocate the Blackpool and The Fylde College’s Palatine Road campus to a new carbon neutral university campus in the town centre.
Stanley Park basketball court will also be transformed into a skate park, a community sports village will be founded in the Revoe area, and half a million pounds will go toward the creation of a Blackpool Youth Hub.