Blackpool says 'I do' for dRMM's Chapel of Love
Blackpool Council has approved this new wedding venue under the shadow of the resort’s famous tower
Designed by De Rijke Marsh Morgan, the £2.7 million ‘chapel of love’ project is backed by ReBlackpool, Blackpool’s Urban Regeneration Company, and forms part of the larger £14.3 million Tower Headland development.
Doug Garrett, ReBlackpool’s chief executive, said: ‘Many couples long for a beachside wedding but often can’t combine their dreams with guest requirements – now they can have the best of both worlds.’
‘I’m very pleased Blackpool will be able to offer an innovative setting for couples wanting to marry in a venue with ‘wow’ factor.’
he added: ‘The new building will be a fantastic talking point and an impressive addition to the promenade. With a keen focus on reducing carbon emissions and using sustainable building materials, it’s going to be a much loved landmark on the coastline in more ways than one.’
The new venue will be built from prefabricated, cross-laminated timber as a ‘high-strength alternative’ to steel.
‘Chapel of love’, Blackpool by dRMM (27 July 2009)
First look: De Rijke Marsh Morgan (dRMM) has unveiled plans for a new wedding venue under the shadow of Blackpool Tower
As well as civil ceremonies, the ‘low carbon emission’ scheme on the resort’s famous promenade will also be home to a beach café and tourist information centre.
The £2.7 million project, which has just been submitted for planning is backed by ReBlackpool, Blackpool’s Urban Regeneration Company, and forms part of the larger £14.3 million Tower Headland development.
Built from solid timber and clad in gold coloured, stainless steel shingles, the strucutre features a ‘telescopic wedding tower’ with ‘dramatic picture windows to enable visitors, and couples exchanging vows, the chance to enjoy summer sun or the winter illuminations’.
Doug Garrett, chief executive of ReBlackpool, said: ‘Many marriages will have started with a holiday romance in Blackpool so we’re continuing that tradition in a very modern setting.’
‘[This building] will be a stunning addition to the landscape and construction has been planned to reduce carbon emissions, so we’re bringing more fun to Blackpool responsibly.’
Work is expected to start later this year (2009) and is scheduled to complete by the end of November 2010.
The first weddings could take place in early 2011.