Grham Construction has started enabling works for the £20m extension to the Houndshill shopping centre in Blackpool.
First phase enabling works will involve initial utilities diversion works and preparations at the Tower Street site for the main building works to follow.
The Houndshill Phase 2 extension, which has secured £5m from the Government’s Covid 19 Get Britain Building, fund will deliver a fresh range of entertainment, retail and leisure facilities.
This will include a new multi-screen cinema complex with conferencing facilites.
It will involve constructing 76,500 sq. ft. of extra commercial floorspace on the 5-acre brownfield site and sustain around 260 construction jobs.
The council acquired the Houndshill Shopping Centre in for £47.6m two years ago as part of its long-term strategy to revitalise the town centre.
The phase two extension will also include two restaurants totalling 3,760 sq ft that will be delivered to shell specification.
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