Blackpool Council is looking to appoint a design practice to draw up a masterplan for a higher education facility next to Blackpool North train station, as part of the ongoing regeneration of Talbot Gateway.
The council has lodged a bid for £50m from the Towns Fund to revitalise the town having already asked Government for £25m for nine town centre projects and received £8.6m from the Getting Building Fund to revamp Abingdon Street Market and extend Houndshill Shopping Centre.
Lancashire, Cheshire, Warrington and Cumbria pocketed a share of the £900m Government pot for projects deemed fit to boost the UK economy post-Covid-19, in addition to Greater Manchester's £54m and Liverpool City Region's £26m allocations.
The firm has been appointed as the main contractor to build the University of Sheffield’s advanced manufacturing research centre, part of the wider Lancashire Advanced Manufacturing and Energy Cluster.
The leaders of South Ribble, Chorley and West Lancashire councils have said there is insufficient consensus across the county for a combined authority, and proposed the trio form a separate unitary authority instead.
Liverpool-based developer Pathway Homes Group and housing association Parasol Homes have refurbished 48 properties for vulnerable adults in Preston as part of a drive to convert redundant buildings around the city.