Blakey Moor Terrace Blackburn
Plans for Blakey Moor terrace have been designed by Group Ginger Architects

Plans readied for Blackburn Heritage Quarter

Dan Whelan

Blackburn with Darwen Council is preparing to submit a planning application in “the next couple of days” for the restoration and refurbishment of historic buildings, and improved public space, in the Northgate area of the town.

The project is being jointly funded by the council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, each of which will contribute £1.5m to the scheme along with some private contributions, according to the council.  

Since last December, Leeds-based Group Ginger Architects has been working with the council to draw up plans for the renovation of Blakey Moor Terrace, a row of Victorian buildings at the heart of the project. 

Having earned vacant possession of numbers 11 to 13 of the terrace, the council is finalising a compensation package with the former landlord. 

Currently comprising two units, a newsagent’s and a fast-food restaurant, the council plans to consolidate the property to create one larger unit. 

Other buildings within the terrace, numbers 17 to 27, would comprise one unit with the option to split into smaller premises for leisure uses.  

Work on the public realm is almost complete but contractors across the scheme are  not on site at present due to lockdown restrictions. A spokesperson from the council’s regeneration department said it hopes start work again “soon”. 

The first phase of the renovation of 35 Northgate, which involved improvements to the building’s façade, is complete with a tender being prepared for internal work. The council is also in talks with a food and drink operator for this unit. 

Some £150,000 of the funding is earmarked for external improvements to King George’s Hall, and the council is seeking further funding for an internal refurbishment. 

Subject to approval, the council aims to start the 12-18-month build process in October after appointing a contractor. 

 

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All is not lost yet. Blackburn needs a good turn around.

By Ewood

Great to see the significant revival of Blackburn town centre which had occurred over the passed 10/15 years is continuing in these difficult times

By George

Lovely work Group Ginger. Pleased to see Blackburn moving forward

By Pete Swift

Out of all of the town centres in the North West, Blackburn’s has improved the most within the shortest space of time. The Cathdral Gardens scheme is a truly great piece of planning with aspiring contemporary gardens forming the greater whole.
When I went to the town’s excellent Festival of Making last year, I saw the quality of the emerging King Street public realm being laid down.
The town big cities can learn a lot from both Blackburn and Preston with urban green spaces.

By SW

Must make an effort to go to Blackburn. Last time I visited it was desperate but I think Rochdale, Ashton U-L and Oldham have all made massive improvements to their centres and I was surprised by Burnley being much better than I imagined surrounded by beautiful scenery.

By Elephant