Blackpool Central

Developers Nikal Ltd and Media Invest Entertainment have submitted a planning application for the £300m Blackpool Central scheme

Blackpool Central is a new leisure development on the Central Station site.

The £300m scheme will be the largest single investment in Blackpool for over a century and is expected to create around 1,000 new jobs, bring an estimated 600,000 additional visitors each year, and boost annual spend in the town by around £75m.

The Blackpool Central planning application includes:

  • A new 1,306 space multi-storey car park
  • A new Heritage Quarter.

A new multi-storey car park will free up land for the future phases and ensure that there continues to be appropriate parking provision for visitors.

Outline plans have also been lodged for future phases, including:

  • A major public events square for live events
  • Three indoor entertainment centres
  • Hotel
  • Restaurants
  • Additional leisure and hospitality space.

The application for Blackpool Central also proposes to restore the site’s existing heritage buildings to create a new Heritage Quarter. The Grade II Listed former King Edward VII Picture House will be transformed into a new ‘Artisan Food Hall’.

The locally listed King Edward VII pub will be refurbished into a new pub and hotel. The King Edward VII apartment building will be renovated into an ‘Aparthotel’.

Norbert Reichart, chief executive at Media Invest Entertainment, said: “We have taken a major step towards creating one of the UK’s most exciting destinations with this application submission.

“The scheme has a crucial role to play in enhancing Blackpool’s tourism offer and attracting more visitors to the town.”

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