Architect Hawkins\Brown is to design a higher education facility next to Blackpool North train station, as part of the ongoing Talbot Gateway regeneration.
Hawkins\Brown won the £120,000 design contract after beating off competition from 19 other studios, including Feilden Clegg Bradley, AHR Architects, 5plus Architects, Broadway Malyan and Sheppard Robson.
Blackpool Council has also appointed Joseph Boniface Architects and Freckleton-based surveyor Leeming Associates to the project team, alongside CBRE and Amion, which will take on consultancy roles.
The ‘multiversity’, to be built in conjunction with Fylde College, will help support skills growth in Lancashire through the provision of “a high quality, technical and professional curriculum, co-created with local employers and in partnership with Lancaster University”, according to the council.
Courses on artificial intelligence, data, clean growth, and the future of mobility will all be available at the multiversity.
The project, which has been allocated up to £10m from the council’s successful Town Deal bid, will see the relocation of Fylde College’s Park Road campus into the town centre and support the town’s wider regeneration strategy, according to Blackpool Council.
Katie Tonkinson, partner at Hawkins\Brown, said: “The brief to create an iconic building for the new university campus and student quarter in Blackpool town centre really appealed to us.
We knew from our previous working collaborations and our expertise within the field of higher and further education, we had a very strong team of experts that we were keen to bring together who can really deliver something special on this ambitious scheme.”
Joseph Boniface, director of Joseph Boniface Architects, said: “As well as being a former employee of Hawkins\Brown, I have collaborated with the other consortium members on a number of projects in the past and we work well together.
“Being based locally in Blackpool will be key to the speed and agility of the project, assisting with the analysis of the area, site investigations and developing the project design.”
The wider regeneration of Talbot Gateway, which includes more than 300,000 sq ft of offices and a hotel, is being delivered for the council by regeneration specialist Muse Developments.