Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We use cookies to personalise your experience; learn more in our Privacy and Cookie Policy. You can opt out of some cookies by adjusting your browser settings; see the cookie policy for details. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies.

'Here's what you could have won': Roche tempts Blackpool with Illuminations Museum

  • Comment

Architect Chris Roche is hoping the public will support his proposals for a new museum to showcase Blackpool’s annual Illuminations display

Although lacking both financial backing and the official approval of the local council, his proposed £10 million project has already made the headlines across the North West (BBC News and Blackpool Gazette) and Roche’s practice 11.04 Architects is hoping to create a groundswell of public support for the scheme.

As well as the Illuminations, Roche hopes to attract a Michelin-starred chef to manage a rooftop restaurant and suggests a number of other attractions and themed temporary exhibitions such as Seaside Sauce – The history of the British Holiday postcard.

Roche, who is predicting more than a million visitors in its first year and has suggested an Olympic Theme for the 2012 Illuminations to capitalise on visitors to the Olympic Games in London, said: ‘The potential of the museum is incalculable – providing a 21st Century tourist attraction, celebrating the nostalgia of the British Seaside Holiday, and educating and entertaining new generations of visitors to Blackpool about its history, and the culture of the British Seaside.’

However, despite showing the plans for the six-storey building on the Lancashire resort’s promenade to regeneration company ReBlackpool, Roche has yet to winner favour from the local authority for the scheme which remains unsure about the initial plans.

Helen France, director of tourism for the council, said: ‘I think the issue for us at the moment is that we don’t know how serious the proposal is, we haven’t seen a detailed business plan or understand what is required from the council.

‘We’re more than happy to have conversations with anybody over proposals for Blackpool, but at this stage we’re not sure what this proposal actually means.’




  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs

Discover architecture career opportunities. Search and apply online for your dream job.
Find out more