Donald Insall to restore Winter Gardens

Blackpool Council has appointed specialist conservation architects, Donald Insall Associates, on phase one of the restoration of Winter Gardens.

In March 2010 Blackpool Council bought the Winter Gardens, along with Blackpool Tower, Louis Tussauds and the Golden Mile Centre from Leisure Parcs bringing it into public ownership for the first time.

The purchases were made possible following successful bids for European and Government funding.

The first chapter of the changes will repair Floral Hall and open up the facility for visitors all year round. The Grade 2 listed building will have its entrance on Church Street and Coronation Street restored.

Tony Barton, principal in the Chester office of Donald Insall Associates, said: "Although we have worked on some of the country's most important historic buildings, nothing prepares you for the splendour of the Winter Gardens. We can't wait to help Blackpool bring it back to life."

Cllr Maxine Callow, cabinet member for regeneration and tourism, said: "This is a magnificent building, full of hidden treasures. It is one of the biggest and most exciting restoration projects taking place in the town. Over the next four months architects will start the renovation of the building which will be revealed to the public in February 2011.

"The refurbishment of the entire Winter Gardens complex is something that will take a great deal of time and thought. We want Blackpool residents and visitors to start using it more regularly so it's our job to work closely with the architects and English Heritage to ensure that we make the best possible use of the building. We want to ensure a long term sustainable use for the Winter Gardens, so that it helps to bring jobs into Blackpool."

Work will begin in November and run through until February 2011.

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wonderful news, such a pity to see the iconic Winter Gardens allowed to become as down market as it has.

By sonia

I was at the Winter Gardens on Friday and it surely is a hidden gem.
What a relief it’s publicly owned now and well worth a visit.
In between the new st johns square, tower headland and the proposed talbot gateway scheme, it will put Blackpool on the map again for the right reasons.

By Brian Holden CDP

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