Blackpool Central & Tram Terminus Latest
A while back I gave an update on the new multi million pound attraction called Chariots of the Gods and our new tram terminus outside Blackpool North Railway station. And many of you have been asking me to provide the very latest in this development and what it means for you.
Firstly just off the Golden Mile big changes have been underway to build a new world-class leisure development on the old Blackpool Central Railway Station site – but it has a name change. It will now be known as Blackpool Central.
This will feature a new Multi Storey Car Park with a Heritage Quarter, a major public events square for live events, Three indoor entertainment centres a Hotel Restaurants and more leisure and hospitality spaces.
Above: King Edward Apartments will be restored and transformed. The King Edward VII apartment building once used by the old railway men will be renovated into a high-quality ‘Aparthotel’ keeping its original character.
The application for Blackpool Central also proposes to restore the site’s existing heritage buildings to create a thriving new Heritage Quarter meaning The Grade II Listed former King Edward VII Picture House will be saved and transformed into a new ‘Artisan Food Hall’, which spills out onto new outdoor space for ‘al fresco’ dining.
The locally listed King Edward VII pub will be refurbished into a new pub and hotel, creating a modern, family friendly environment offering quality food and beverages.
Below is an artist impression of the developments.
A Flying Theatre – with true flight movement providing an unparalleled, real flying sensation – currently the No.1 attraction in major cities and theme parks around the world with exciting on-board effects like wind, fog, vibrations, scents, water-spritz.
The world’s most advanced “Virtual Reality” experience on an epic scale, free-roam, multi-player state-of-the-art visuals and body tracking Smell, touch and feel with custom motion simulators for unmatched realism.
Fully themed bar and event restaurant with breath taking “Roller-coaster” service - A one-of-a-kind place of fun, adventure and discovery that holds hourly special effects show.
The fantasy themed multi-media exhibition - Exploring a possible extra-terrestrial influence, an indoor adventure land with a roll-glider – a free falling and hang-gliding sensation, Rope Courses, Adventure Trail and interactive climbing Walls.
Exciting family rides, Arcade Games, Bounce Park, Inflatable Attractions, Laser Tag Arena and Bumper Cars with There are plans to see new hotels, shops, restaurants and more. (Details From Bpl Council)
Above: New IMAX cinema and new Wilkos Store. This whole area will be transformed into one of the UK’s biggest rival entertainment parks we ever seen all under the shadow of the World Famous Blackpool Tower!
It’ll be served well by local transport especially the trams as an extended tramway, taking commuters and shoppers directly from Blackpool North station to where they need to be across town, via the Promenade will be up and running!
Above image: The new terminal opposite Blackpool North Railway Station will hold a 4 star Holiday Inn hotel and Marco Pierre White restaurant.
The state-of-the-art £30m 7000 capacity conference and exhibition centre at the Blackpool Winter Gardens and continue with the town as after several years of behind the scenes negotiations, over 3,000 civil servants are to be relocated to a new £100m office development in Blackpool town centre as DWP staff from Warbreck House and Ryscar House will move into the Blackpool Hub and Centre for Health and Disability Centre next year.
Above: Old Law Courts and Police Station also to be demolished to make room for the developments.
Don’t forget Showtown Blackpool – his will be the UK’s first museum to feature permanent displays on circus, magic, variety, and ballroom dance - filled with 800+ objects from the town’s extensive collections and some on loan from national partners, including the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Above: The track layout of the terminus near Blackpool North Railway Station.
So along with our treasured current attractions, the tower and piers, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, parks, world famous illuminations and our beloved heritage trams All this investment is estimated to attract an extra 600,000 visitors a year with a combined annual spend of £75m creating supporting 1,000 new jobs.
Like many seaside towns across the land Blackpool also suffered by downturns, under development, and a virus, but someone obviously believes in it’s people and potential as in the true nature of the towns spirit progress is back in town!
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