Blackpool Troutbeck Crescent

Blackpool picks partner for £10m housing scheme

Blackpool-based contractor Tyson Construction has been chosen to deliver a £10m, 74-home scheme on Troutbeck Crescent on behalf of the council.

Blackpool Council is planning to build a mix of terraced homes and flats on the site, all for affordable rent.

These will replace 81 apartments on the site, which were managed by Blackpool Coastal Housing; Blackpool Council owns the freehold and decided to regenerate the site given the “continuing unpopularity” of the existing apartments with council tenants.

The council also described the existing buildings as “unfit for purpose” and argued these did “not make a positive contribution to the character or appearance of the wider area”.

Blackpool council added the scheme would “meet the need for quality family homes for social rent, and help to improve the neighbourhood environment”.

Designed by architect Cassidy + Ashton, the proposals will see a mix of two and three-bed houses delivered, all of which will be affordable tenures.

A green space bordering the site will be retained, while the development will link to the wider Mereside Estate and the proposed Whyndyke Garden Village. Plans were approved in June this year.

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The fruit pastel cladding is an interesting choice.

By Dave McCall

Nothing seems to be happening regarding the new build on Mereside. It seems to have been dormant for weeks. When will it be finished?

By J McKinney