Six seaside projects are set to receive more than £6.5m in funding across the North West, including a £2.9m grant towards a £23.9m development to establish Blackpool as an attractive venue for conferences.
A change of use application to turn part of the grade two-listed Blackpool Winter Gardens into a museum celebrating the heritage of the seaside resort has been submitted, along with a bid for £15m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
It’s all happening on the other side of Manchester’s Great Ancoats Street. The Daily Express building’s been sold, and there’s a ton of Manchester Life schemes going up, the next of which, designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects, has attracted some caustic criticism during consultation.
The incoming chief executive of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority told the Place RESI audience local authorities were in agreement: in order to hit new housebuilding targets, “we will only deliver on our ambition if we take greater development risk.”