VINCI begins £100m Blackpool civil service hub
Muse Developments has appointed the contractor to build the 215,000 sq ft town centre office, with work due to complete in March 2025.
VINCI Building has begun work on the £100m office development, which could house up to 3,000 civil servants once complete.
Designed by Make Architects, it is understood the seven-storey office will be the new home for civil servants already based in Blackpool, such as the Department for Work and Pensions and the Ministry of Defence.
The seven-storey civil service hub is being constructed on a 2.4-acre site bounded by Deansgate, King Street, Cookson Street, Charles Street and East Topping Street.
Through the building’s design and construction, Muse is hoping the development can achieve BREEAM Outstanding accreditation.
In addition, work to reduce the development’s impact on the environment in the construction phase will see embodied carbon levels of 800 kgCO 2 e/m2, compared with 1100kgCO 2 e/m2 for a typical office development, according to the developer.
“Low energy and low carbon design and material choice has been at the heart of decision making and this will result in a truly energy efficient, low carbon building that we can all be proud of,” said Garry Bowker, regional managing director at VINCI Building.
“It has been a real team effort through the pre-construction phase, and we look forward to this continuing.”
The development forms part of the £350m Talbot Gateway regeneration.
Other elements of the project include a new tram interchange at Blackpool North Station, which is nearing completion.
The interchange forms part of phase two of Talbot Gateway along with a new 144-bedroom Holiday Inn hotel, which will open later this year.
The long-standing partnership between Muse and Blackpool Council, has already delivered the 125,000 sq ft Number One Bickerstaffe Square council office, a Sainsbury’s supermarket, and a refurbished 650-space multi-storey car park.
“We’re focused with partners as we re-energise the town centre, by delivering a place that blends the town’s rich history with its aspirations for the future,” said Alan McBride, projects director at Muse.
“As a business, we’re committed to creating places with purpose for people that offer tangible environmental and social benefits to local communities, and are looking forward to seeing the building progress.”
Cllr Lynn Williams, leader of Blackpool Council, added: “This is the third phase of the Talbot Gateway development we have now delivered in partnership with Muse and we are pleased to welcome VINCI Building to that partnership and are looking forward to working with them and the social value benefits they can bring to our town through this contract.
“It is fantastic to see this development start on site and is a great start to the New Year. Throughout the pandemic, we were determined to push on with our regeneration of Blackpool and it is really exciting to see so much of our vision for the future coming to fruition.”
The wider project team features Avison Young as planning consultant, Chroma as project manager, Hannan Associates advising on MEP, Reform as landscape architect, and The Alan Johnston Partnership as structural engineer. Arup is also advising on fire and transport.
Cundall and Hannan are providing support on sustainability and Peter Connell Associates is the access consultant. RPS is on board as quantity surveyor.