Blackpool's new hotels as multi-million pound projects begin to make progress

143-bedroom hotel on the site of the former St Chad’s Hotel on the Promenade
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Blackpool can expect further investment in new hotels as multi-million-pound projects earmarked for the resort make progress.

Last week saw the council approve plans for a five-storey hotel next to the Winter Gardens Conference and Exhibition Centre with developers on board who already operate brands including Hilton and Mecure. It comes just weeks after the opening of the Holiday Inn on Talbot Road, while several other projects are also in the pipeline.

These include plans to restore the former post office on Abingdon Street after the project received £8m of government Levelling Up funding last year. An in-depth survey of the building is currently underway before it is hoped a deal can be done for the purchase of the Grade II listed property.

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Developer Ashall Projects has planning permission to convert the building into a 144-room boutique style hotel which would be part of the Hotel Indigo brand. It is still on board with the council, which will provide a grant towards the scheme using the Levelling Up funds.

Council planners approved an application in April by the Singapore-based Fragrance Group for a 143-bedroom hotel on the site of the former St Chad’s Hotel on the Promenade. The site has already been cleared and the developer said it hoped to begin work on the £30m project as soon as possible.

Plans to restore the former post office on Abingdon Street
Plans to restore the former post office on Abingdon Street -Credit:LDR

Outline planning permission is also in place for development at the Blackpool Central site which includes a 200-room hotel. Developer Nikal is expected to come forward with updated proposals for the site in the coming months following the opening of a new 1,306-space multi-storey car park in May.

In the meantime, the council is out to tender to appoint a contractor to demolish the former Bonny Street police station and law courts on the land paving the way for redevelopment. The £34m Holiday Inn, funded by the council with borrowing to be repaid through hotel revenue, opened on May 1 and is already said to be enjoying a high level of demand.

However, uncertainty continues to surround the future of The Sands Hotel on Central Promenade. Its developers received a £10m loan from the council but legal wrangles have delayed the opening. The Showtown Museum occupies part of the building and opened in March.

Over the last five years, the resort has also seen the Pleasure Beach invest in The Boulevard Hotel which opened in 2019, a £7m new Premier Inn opened in Talbot Square in 2021 and an extension of the Hampton-by-Hilton Hotel opened last year which brought the total number of rooms to 130.