Blackpool Council has put in motion the delivery of its Amuseum project by issuing a contract notice for a construction manager to head the delivery of its flagship leisure project.
In March, it was confirmed that the Amuseum – a facility celebrating the history of the seaside town – had been successful in its funding bid for £4m from the Government’s Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund, in addition to £400,000 backing already secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which could also provide further, larger support next year. The overall cost of the project is expected to be £14m.
Through The Chest procurement portal, Blackpool is seeking an exhibition construction manager for the development and delivery phase, with the successful bidder expected to project manage and deliver exhibition design, construction and fit out for the displays, retail area and temporary exhibition gallery.
This will include programme management, cost management, procurement, delivery and installation of all exhibition design-related work packages. The appointment is to be made in July.
Blackpool had originally intended to open the museum within the Winter Gardens in a project that was priced at around £26m. In 2017 it moved its focus to the Palatine Building, a landmark previously known as the Sands, on the promenade between Blackpool Tower and Coral Island.
The project is expected to be delivered by 2020. Buttress Architects is working with Blackpool Council on the scheme.