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RTKL is part of Blackpool redevelopment team - image

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A team including RTKL has been chosen to masterplan the new £285 million redevelopment of the Talbot Gateway area around Blackpool's North station.

Last week AMEC was picked by regeneration company ReBlackpool as preferred developer for the massive, retail-led 12.8ha overhaul, which will include commercial, community, residential and civic office space, featuring a new court house.

The move will be welcomed by campaigners battling to save the country's first ever multi-storey car park - the four storey Talbot Road car park built in 1939 (First-ever multi-storey car park faces the wrecking ball ).

Under the current proposals the steel and concrete building, which has been extensively reclad, over the years, will be saved from the bulldozers.

Mike Horner, regional director at AMEC, said: 'We are looking forward to working in partnership with ReBlackpool and the council on this major regeneration project.

'Everyone knows Blackpool as a tourist and leisure destination but we want to put something back into Blackpool for the local population - for those people who actually live and work here.'

He added: 'Blackpool needs a step up in quality and Talbot Gateway will provide this as a well-designed urban quarter of high-quality architectural buildings linked by pedestrian-friendly streets and exciting public spaces and piazzas. We have a robust and comprehensive masterplan and we will be working tirelessly with the Council and ReBlackpool to bring about real change at the earliest possible opportunity.'

by Richard Waite

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