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Muse moves ahead with second Blackpool civil service hub

A 53,000 sq ft office to be occupied by public sector staff forms the next phase of the Talbot Gateway masterplan. 

Muse has submitted plans for a six-storey office building on a one-acre site off Talbot Road next to Blackpool North train station car park.  

The site has been vacant for several years since the demolition of the old Apollo 2000 store.

Cllr Mark Smith, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for levelling up for place, described the application submission as “another major step forward in our plans to make Blackpool better and boost our local economy”.

Smith continued: “The area around the train station was previously a desolate area in desperate need of regeneration. Over the last ten years, we have regenerated it into a desirable location for businesses looking for quality office space on the Fylde coast. Our initial ambition and investment to build the earlier phases of the Talbot Gateway has led us to be in this position where more organisations are approaching us to help them move their jobs into the town centre.

“In turn, that has a huge potential for the private sector to continue to invest in Blackpool, creating more opportunities for business and creating more year-round, well-paid jobs for local people.”

Plans for this latest scheme come as VINCI pushes on with a larger £100m civil service office a short distance away off King Street. This building, providing 215,000 sq ft of workspace across seven floors, will be occupied by the Department of Work and Pensions once complete.

Like the office currently under construction, the Talbot Road office has been designed by Make Architects, with Avison Young advising on planning.

Re-form is advising on landscape and Arup is the structural engineer. Cundall, AECOM, Hannan Associates, and WSP also feature on the project team.

To learn more, search for planning reference 24/0215 on Blackpool Council’s planning portal.

The development forms part of Muse and Blackpool Council’s £350m Talbot Gateway.

Alan McBride, technical director at Muse, said: “The fifth phase of Talbot Gateway will provide a further catalyst for Blackpool’s renaissance, helping to spur additional economic growth in the town by delivering yet more future-proofed workspace to benefit business in the region.

“Our long-standing partnership with Blackpool Council has already played a pivotal role in the regeneration of the town, and this development would mark yet another notable staging point on the journey towards reframing this iconic seaside destination.”

Other elements of the project include a new tram interchange at Blackpool North Station, which is nearing completion.

The interchange forms part of phase two of Talbot Gateway along with a new 144-bedroom Holiday Inn hotel.

The long-standing partnership between Muse and Blackpool Council, has already delivered the 125,000 sq ft Number One Bickerstaffe Square council office, a Sainsbury’s supermarket, and a refurbished 650-space multi-storey car park.

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