Muse tenders for revamp of Talbot Gateway car park

Blackpool Council and Muse Developments are tendering for the refurbishment of a multi-storey car park as part of the first phase of the £220m regeneration scheme in the town.

Muse Developments has agreed to procure a building contractor to carry out building works under a licence from Blackpool Council.

The contract, ranging between £5.25m and £6.5m, will involve alternation, repair and refurbishment of an existing five storey multi-storey car park to offer 658 spaces.

The car park's main vehicle and pedestrian entrances are currently on Deansgate and there is also pedestrian access from Talbot Road.

During the 1960s the car park was extended from its original plan by a reinforced concrete extension, spanning over the service yard and access road to the adjacent Prudential House office and retain building.

The council and Muse said the construction of the extension will be substantially different from that of the original car park.

Work on the multi-storey cark is due to start on 17 October 2011, with completion scheduled for 17 November next year.

Deadline for submitting tenders is 6pm on Friday 1 July 2011.

Working in partnership with the council, Muse is aiming to deliver a comprehensive 30-acre redevelopment of the north eastern part of the town.

The scheme will create new retail, commercial, community, residential and civic office space, in addition to town centre parking and transport facilities.

A new public square, council offices, a courthouse, a supermarket, two hotels, and a multi-screen cinema are also being proposed. The first phase will also include offices for Blackpool Council.

Last year, North West Development Agency withdrew funding for the Talbot Gateway scheme.

Muse and the council were also unsuccessful in gaining funding for the overall project in the in first round bids to the Government's £1.4bn Regional Growth Fund in April.

For further details on the car park refurbishment contract, call property consultants Ridge and Partners LLP on 0151 236 0946.

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