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Old March 20th, 2010, 08:47 PM   #121
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They could have at least but mock windows or some mirrored panels on the TJ Hughes, that looks shockin'!

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Isn't it just. Blackpool's main shopping street looks no different to Chorley precinct. That's the old Woolworth's unit isn't it?
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Old March 21st, 2010, 11:23 PM   #123
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Isn't it just. Blackpool's main shopping street looks no different to Chorley precinct. That's the old Woolworth's unit isn't it?
Yes it is, it does look bad but its still better than an empty unit.
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Old March 30th, 2010, 02:26 PM   #124
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Merlin to help make Blackpool a top destination!

March 30, 2010

Merlin, one of the leaders in the Entertainment field and owners of Legoland and Sealife have been drafted in to work in Partnership with Blackpool Council. The partnership, which will see £10million pumped into the town attractions will see major revamps to the Tower and Louis Tussards. Work is due to start in the Autumn. Merlin already has close links with the town through it’s Sealife centre which is located just minutes down the promenade from the tower.

As part of the plans for the Tower, they plan to introduce a thrilling new Dungeons attraction, and make changes to the top of the Tower, which include Merlin using it’s experience in running the London Eye to develop the current observation platform at the top of the Tower into an exciting new ‘Eye’ branded experience, including a 4D cinema preview show.

As well as this the current Louis Tussards attraction near by will be transformed in the UK’s second home of Madame Tussards, bringing the world renowned brand to Blackpool for the first time. It is planned for Madame Tussards to open in Spring 2011.

The current restoration programme for Blackpool Tower itself will also continue, and from next year visitors will again be able to wander round and enjoy the beautiful historic building. Finally, the famous Ballroom and Circus will be retained and are expected to be in great demand in the future to host a programme of exciting new events.


Blackpool council estimates that these plans could generate an extra 800,000 to the town every year, generating a staggering £55million extra spend across the town!
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Blackpool brings in Merlin Entertainments for £10m Tower regeneration

David Quainton, 30 March 2010

Blackpool Council has brought in Merlin Entertainments to run a £10m overhaul of the iconic Blackpool Tower and surrounding area.

The event spaces are to be spruced up in an attempt to establish Blackpool as a "world class family leisure destination".

Merlin already owns the Sea Life centre located on Blackpool's promenade, but will add a dungeon attraction, a similar 4D preview show to the one it has added to the London Eye, and improvements to the Louis Tussauds waxworks, which will be transformed into a second Madame Tussauds.

Madame Tussauds will open in Spring 2011, Tower improvements will open later in the same year.


It is hoped the plans will bring both tourism and corporate events money into the seaside resort.

"This is a bold but necessary initiative which provides the best possible platform for strengthening the destination role of the town," said regeneration body ReBlackpool chairman Sir Howard Bernstein.

"I am confident that this will result in a significant increase in jobs and visitor numbers and will weld together all the other valuable projects and programmes which are designed to make Blackpool an attractive place to live, visit and invest."
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Old March 31st, 2010, 05:01 PM   #125
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Blackpool pays £1.4m for ex-department store

Blackpool Council has bought a former Harveys department store in the town centre for £1.4m.

The 28,500 sq ft four-storey building, which fronts onto Birley Street, Cheapside and Abingdon Street, was acquired from Irish company Friends First Assurance Company.

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Old March 31st, 2010, 05:03 PM   #126
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Blackpool given £39m to buy two landmarks

Blackpool Council is to buy Blackpool Tower and the Winter Gardens complex following the awarding of a £39m government grant.

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Old April 4th, 2010, 07:21 PM   #127
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Impressed with the pedestrianised part on church st. Definitely improves the area. Also intrigued to see the Birley st design. Hopefully it won't fall flat on its face. What Blackpool is desperate for in my opinion is some decent restaurants. Since the mid-90's it has been in steady decline, even the party conferences have pulled out. I mean if you get on a train at St.Pancras and get off at Blackpool North, where the hell do you get a meal without heading out to Lancaster, Whitewell or Mitton? The Big Blue has a restaurant in it where I had a reasonable meal with good service. That is a strange building and right beneath the Big One.
Anyone know what's happening with the area where Yates' was?
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Old April 5th, 2010, 02:38 AM   #128
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Impressed with the pedestrianised part on church st. Definitely improves the area. Also intrigued to see the Birley st design. Hopefully it won't fall flat on its face. What Blackpool is desperate for in my opinion is some decent restaurants. Since the mid-90's it has been in steady decline, even the party conferences have pulled out. I mean if you get on a train at St.Pancras and get off at Blackpool North, where the hell do you get a meal without heading out to Lancaster, Whitewell or Mitton? The Big Blue has a restaurant in it where I had a reasonable meal with good service. I'm not talking food from the chippy like at The Cottage but good quality food with locally sourced produce (fish from Fleetwood). Any suggestions? It seems so lacking.
Excellent post Kubrick, to be honest I'm not sure about the restaurant side of it, it's something I'll try and find out for you but you do make some very good points.

I've just spent another week up in Blackpool, after our last offer was rejected, I'm hoping for better luck this coming week on a new building so all will be revealed over the next month if we pull it of.

Before I post some pictures of a few of the developments, it has as was mentioned in a few of the other posts been a superb week for Blackpool, to have the Merlin Chain running the Tower and the Waxworks becoming Madam Tusards North will be a real marketing boost for Blackpool, on top of that £5 million will be spent immediately on improving the Winter Gardens in order to attract conferences which is great news all round.

So far 2010 has been a great year, with alot of investment coming in to the town both in retail and leisure.

On the construction front, work continues on the the new Prom and work is at full pace on the north side of the North Pier now:





Work is also continuing on the Tower Headlands:



Work will also start this year on building the new Chappel of Love and the new sports location on the Waterloo and Chads Headlands.

In the mean time, the area around the Pleasure Beach and South Pier has gain three new attractions.

Firstly Caranasky Ghost Train opened on Saturday:



For information and lots of pictures of the opening ceromony:

On the left hand side of the South Pier on the new headland, a new carting track is being built and on the right hand side of the South Pier a Log Flume has been built:




Now I managed to take a couple of pictures of St John's Square and it really is looking a picture in that area now:






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Old April 5th, 2010, 02:52 AM   #129
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Blackpool is really starting to look the biz again in those last two pics. Theres a lot of work to be done to bring it up to standards with its southern counterpart but its getting there fast.
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Old April 6th, 2010, 04:26 PM   #130
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Impressed with pics. It does look vastly improved. I know Blackpool has and always will attract the lager drinking crowd, indeed it has been the lifeblood of the town for many years. That said Blackpool has grown by preaching to the lowest common denominator type person and the result has been the expulsion of those people who enjoy the finer things in life. Call me old-fashioned but when you have one of the finest ballrooms in the country next to a cavernous bar full of pissed up blokes falling out the doors before lunchtime what are we saying? Just bad planning. I know its Blackpool thats what it is but sometimes when i go there it is a sorry sight. I think another reason for the decline was the closure of the large department stores and what my mum's generation called the classier stores like Lewis's and Humphages. And dont get me started on the Pleasure Beach charging entry!!!
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Old April 7th, 2010, 08:42 PM   #131
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Old April 10th, 2010, 03:34 PM   #132
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Hi i was hoping someone could help me here?

Me and my mates want to go somewhere for my birthday and im a really big gambler and i love rollercoasters, so the first place i thought of was blackpool, i know of pleasure beech but are there many casinos and what are the prizes like? what games? etc.

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Old May 15th, 2010, 04:41 PM   #134
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Hi i was hoping someone could help me here?

Me and my mates want to go somewhere for my birthday and im a really big gambler and i love rollercoasters, so the first place i thought of was blackpool, i know of pleasure beech but are there many casinos and what are the prizes like? what games? etc.

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Hi Sefton,

casino wise, there are loads, two that I have walked past quite a few times and are quite posh are:

www.gcasino.co.uk/blackpool (across the road from the Pleasure Beach next to the South Pier)

The second one is in the north of Blackpool but a few yards from a tram stop (ask for the Cabin stop): It's a bit like a castle on the outside but looks lovely at night:



http://www.gentingcasinos.co.uk/circ...blackpool.html

There are more but those two are probably the best.

I hope that helps.
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Old June 3rd, 2010, 02:07 PM   #135
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Not sure if anyone has seen, but Wetherspoons are opening in the basement/ground floor of the old pricebuster store on the promonade side.
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Old June 3rd, 2010, 03:05 PM   #136
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Blackpool Tower deal 'not affected' by cuts

3rd June 2010

By James Graham - Business Correspondent

A £39m deal to take Blackpool Tower, the Winter Gardens and the Golden Mile into public ownership will not be affected by Government spending cuts according to the town's council.

The local authority said the deal had been completed and refurbishment work is now being carried out. A new operator, Merlin Entertainments, will take over the day-to-day management in November.

There has been some speculation that the new Government's eagerness to slash budgets could derail the scheme which has been funded by a collection of public bodies.

The European Regional Development Fund committed £14m, the Northwest Regional Development Agency put in £7.9m, Blackpool Council committed £10m and the Homes and Communities Agency paid £7m. As well as buying the attractions, the funding will also be used for a £10m programme of repairs for the Tower.

Following the Chancellor George Osborne's decision to announce cuts worth £6.2bn some reports have suggested an £8m grant for the refurbishment of the tower was being withdrawn.

A spokesman for the council said he was not aware of such a decision and the Homes and Communities Agency - part of the Department for Communities and Local Government, which is facing a 7.5% budget cut - said its contribution of £7m was already committed.

"The funding has already gone to Blackpool from the last financial year's budget", he said. But the Northwest Development Agency could not clarify the position with its £7.9m contribution. All the UK's RDAs are expected to share cuts of £270m.

The decision to buy the assets from Trevor Hemmings has been made with the belief that heavy investment in the landmark buildings will secure the long-term future of the area by rejuvenating tourism.
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Old June 4th, 2010, 01:31 AM   #137
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Not sure if anyone has seen, but Wetherspoons are opening in the basement/ground floor of the old pricebuster store on the promonade side.
Yeh it's great news.

We now have the TJ Hughes, Wetherspoons and The Sands Venues taking on three major empty buildings on the front in the space of six months.
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Yeh it's great news.

We now have the TJ Hughes, Wetherspoons and The Sands Venues taking on three major empty buildings on the front in the space of six months.
Not so fast. I'm calling a public inquiry
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Old July 27th, 2010, 03:50 PM   #139
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Pleasure Beach signs Nickelodeon to £10m theme park

27 Jul 2010, 13:30

Children's TV broadcaster Nickelodeon has signed a licensing deal with Blackpool Pleasure Beach to build a six-acre theme park at the attraction.

The £10.3m Nickelodeon Land will feature 14 rides, including nine new and five existing rides which will be extensively re-themed.

Blackpool Council has agreed a £5m loan with the Pleasure Beach secured against its assets to help deliver the project. The loan will be repaid over seven years at a commercial rate of interest.

Nickelodeon is a joint venture between BSkyB and MTV Networks International, part of Viacom. Its brands include Sponge Bob Square Pants and Dora the Explorer.

Cllr Peter Callow, leader of the council, said: "This is a fantastic day for the Pleasure Beach and for Blackpool as a whole. As a town we need to keep changing and introducing new attractions that will make visitors come to Blackpool, stay in Blackpool and keep coming back.

"Last month a study showed that 19,200 jobs on the Fylde Coast exist as result of tourism and there is no doubt that the Pleasure Beach contributes significantly to that figure both in terms of direct employment and the knock on effect to local businesses.

"Nickelodeon is known across the world and for Blackpool to be the first place in the UK with their attraction is a landmark achievement. This Council aims to make Blackpool a family friendly resort and the Nickelodeon brand ties in perfectly with our objectives."

It is predicted that the project will increase visitor spend and generate 274 net additional jobs and £8m of Gross Value Added each year after 10 years of operation within the regional economy.
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Nickelodeon Land to open at Pleasure Beach, Blackpool

Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, is delighted to announce the launch of Nickelodeon Land which will open at Britain's favourite tourist attraction in April 2011. Nickelodeon Land represents an investment of £10.3m.

This collaboration between Pleasure Beach, Blackpool and Nickelodeon, the number one entertainment brand for kids, will see a 6 acre area of Pleasure Beach transformed into Nickelodeon Land, which will feature 14 rides, 9 are brand new and 5 are extensively re-themed existing rides. Nickelodeon Land also includes themed retail and catering outlets.

New rides include SpongeBob's Splash Bash, which is an interactive ride where riders have the opportunity to turn the jets onto their friends and blast pesky jellyfish with jets of water for a splashing time. Avatar Airbender allows riders to join Aang on an amazing adventure, spinning and soaring through the air on a giant disk. The Rugrat's Lost River is a rollicking flume ride where you join the Rugrats on their quest to find the mythical Temple of Spoon.

Amanda Thompson, Managing Director of Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, comments, "We are delighted to welcome Nickelodeon to Pleasure Beach. Both of our brands represent fantastic family fun and Nickelodeon Land will combine Pleasure Beach's reputation for amazing rides and attractions with Nickelodeon's favourite fun characters to produce a wonderful attraction, which will wow visitors to the park."

"Pleasure Beach is a first-class amusement park and popular destination for families in the U.K." said Gerald Raines, Senior Director, Nickelodeon Theme Parks and Attractions. "This is an ideal location for Nickelodeon and a great opportunity to expand our global presence. We look forward to offering Pleasure Beach patrons experiences that are unique to Nickelodeon and based on fan favourites like SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer."


Work on Nickelodeon Land will commence in the Autumn of 2010 and is scheduled to open in April 2011
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Plans submitted for new South Pier centre

27 Jul 2010, 15:54

Chorley-based Six Piers is planning an £8m redevelopment of South Pier in Blackpool.

The current pier building would be transformed into a 45,000 sq ft family entertainment centre featuring a full-size ten-pin bowling alley, large soft play area, food court and American pool lounge. There will also be a new bar area with sea views.

Six Piers owns the three piers in Blackpool - North, Central and South - as well as Lluandudno Pier in Wales, South Parade Pier in Portsmouth and Eastbourne Pier in Sussex.

Kevin Scott, operations director of Six Piers, said: "This will not only provide a new indoor entertainment centre for holidaymakers but it will be open for 52 weeks of the year for locals.

"The proposed development has been over a year in the planning and follows extensive and productive consultation with the local authority. We believe that this is another positive piece in the ongoing jigsaw to consolidate Blackpool's position as top of the premier league of family seaside resorts and marks a significant investment from Six Piers."

The South Pier redevelopment was designed by Kirkman Architects, based in Altrincham.

David Kirkman, managing director of Kirkman Architects, said: "The design of this new, all-year leisure facility has been inspired by its prominent position beside the sea wall, using crisp, modern materials in a form that will bring the South Pier into the 21st Century.

"Whilst the 'wave' design is reflective of this new era of leisure it also pays respect to the history of the piers in Blackpool, incorporating contemporary versions of the Victorian barrel vaults to the entrances from the promenade and the pier itself."

The planning application has been submitted to the council and a decision is expected in the autumn which, if approved, will give the green light to start work as soon as practical at the end of the season. It is hoped the development will be able to welcome its first visitors at Easter 2012.
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