Blackpool is constantly regenerating with new facilities opening each year, however the Talbot Gateway project is completely reinvigorating and transforming the town centre with some exciting new developments.
Talbot Gateway: Transforming the heart of Blackpool
As one of the UK’s premier tourist destinations, Blackpool is constantly developing and upgrading to meet the needs of both locals and visitors and a major new series of developments is transforming the area around Blackpool North Station.
Blackpool Council has been leading a £350 million development of a large area around Blackpool North railway station for many years in a bid to entice more investment into the locality and attract more workers and students. The opening of a new Sainsbury’s supermarket, 650-space multi-storey car park and 125,000 sq ft council office took place in 2014 and also included extensive public spaces which have proven to be extremely popular.
This Phase One development is now being followed by new developments which include restaurants, a hotel and 215,000ft of new office space for an education campus and government regional office.
Multiversity Education Campus
Funding of £40 million has been allocated to a new Multiversity campus which will be constructed close to North station. The Levelling Up finding from the UK government will allow the Multiversity to be built and this will provide Blackpool with a carbon-neutral education campus as part of the larger Talbot Gateway business district.
This new development will attract students to the town and will provide higher-level skills which will in turn allow residents in both Blackpool and the surrounding area to secure employment in certain industries.
Civil Service Hub
Work on a new regional office centre for the UK government began in January 2023 and this £100 million development will open in 2025 and attract around 3,000 civil servants to the town. This in turn will boost local businesses and facilitate growth in certain sectors in the local area.
This is the latest development which promises to help rejuvenate Blackpool town centre by adding high quality office and retail space along with increased employment opportunities and footfall. The seven-storey 215,000 sq ft development is being constructed on King Street and will include cycle paths as well as pedestrian access. It will be within walking distance of bus, train and tram stops including the new transport interchange at Blackpool North.
New tramway, hotel and restaurant
Construction is well underway on a new £23 million extension to Blackpool trams system which will connect with Blackpool North Station as well as a new hotel which is to be constructed alongside a Marco Pierre White restaurant on the site of the old Wilko store and adjacent multi-storey car park.
Around this new development will be new retail units available for local businesses to lease, while there will be a bright new underpass connecting with Blackpool North railway station. Blackpool High Street is currently closed to traffic in order to allow for these works to be completed.