More lights for Blackpool

Blackpool is being lined up for £2 million of large-scale landscape improvements and an interactive lighting scheme for the seaside resort’s South Shore Promenade.

Blackpool is being lined up for £2 million of large-scale landscape improvements and an interactive lighting scheme for the seaside resort’s South Shore Promenade. The project is in the heart of Blackpool, which is undergoing a master-plan by EDAW, and will involve multi-coloured solar-powered lights. Illuminated handrails will continually change colour and be built into the sea walls. The funding is coming from the local regional development agency, Northwest Development Agency. Area manager for Lancashire Ian Whittaker said the initiative would include tramway improvements and aimed to complement artworks. Alan Cavill, head of economic development for the borough council, said: “This is the first of many key projects in the Blackpool master-plan and will help set the standard for the future of Blackpool. The development agency has also announced £7.8 million of funding to buy two sites for redevelopment into a hotel complex and office and create new walkways, parkland, public art and community areas. Cavill said the two schemes were central to the overall aim of transforming Blackpool into a “21st century world-class resort”. EDAW’s masterplan to “reimage, rebrand and rebuild” Blackpool includes a central park and scalloped coastline. The team includes associate director James Haig Streeter and landscape architect Sophie Lloyd (See Landscape Review practice profile October 2003).

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