Blackpool reworks Stanley Buildings project on cost
Inflation has increased the price of plans to convert the Church Street building into a business hub for start-ups, prompting a series of design tweaks.
Blackpool Council told Place North West that project design changes have been proposed “as part of a cost reduction exercise”.
Inflation has driven the cost of the Stanely Buildings conversion up from £6.9m to around £7.6m since the authority approved plans for the conversion of the building last year.
Now, a revised planning application incorporating the design tweaks will be considered by planners.
Among the project tweaks are:
- A scaled-back approach to glazing
- Omission of planned upper roof terraces omitted and reduced works on lower terraces
- Reduction of the amount of render to courtyard elevations and maintaining more existing brickwork
- Replacement of plans for courtyard landscaping with more hardstanding for parking.
To learn more about the plans, search for application reference 23/0372 on Blackpool Council’s planning portal. Cassidy & Ashton is the architect for the project.
The scheme, known as the Edge, forms part of the council’s £39.5m Town Deal programme and is in line to benefit from a £4.5m chunk of that cash.
Blackpool plans to launch a tender for the conversion work this month and said a number of contractors have already expressed an interest.
“The council is eager to fulfil the project’s twin aims of creating a first-class home for growing small businesses as well as the transformation of a prominent locally listed building,” the council told Place.