We are delighted to have been appointed as project manager for Blackpool Council's Blackpool Heritage Museum project.
This project aims to revitalise the Pavilion Theatre and the associated ‘Horseshoe’ space which encloses it, transforming them into a centre that celebrates the rich history of Blackpool.
The Theatre and Horseshoe are some of the earliest and most significant parts of Blackpool's Winter Gardens. Built in 1878 the Theatre was originally used as a concert room for recitals and lectures. It has long been closed to the public because of its state of disrepair and with fabric decay and water ingress, repair work is urgently needed to avoid the loss of the original features.
The council’s plans are to create a dynamic and celebratory space where local people and visitors to Blackpool can experience the area’s unique history. Filled with artefacts, film, music and performance, to reflect the local character and history of Blackpool, it will be a blend of museum, visitor attraction and theatre.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has already given an initial £1.25 million grant for the development phase of the project, which will stretch from now until autumn 2015. If this stage is successful the Heritage Lottery Fund is likely to give a further grant for the construction and repair work to make the Council’s vision a reality.
The project is expected to create 80 full time jobs, £19 million investment in the area and a wider annual economic benefit of £14.9 million.