Muse is set to start work on phase 3 of its £350m Blackpool Talbot Gateway scheme after the Department for Work and Pensions confirmed it will take the block as a new regional office hub.
The deal with the civil service brings forward construction of the planned BREEAM ‘Excellent’ building – designed by renowned architect Make.
Blackpool Council’s planning committee will meet next week to give final approval for the 215,000 sq ft ultra-low energy office building.
Mike Horner, development director at Muse, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming the DWP to Talbot Gateway with our latest sustainable building becoming its new home. This is a resounding endorsement of our collective commitment to bringing forward developments that offer tangible environmental and social outputs to benefit local communities.
“We’ve got some real forward momentum here at Talbot Gateway, as we work hard to build back better and further drive inward investment and opportunities right into the heart of the town.”
Development is already progressing well on phase two of Talbot Gateway, with construction of a 144-bedroom Holiday Inn hotel which is due for completion next year. The scheme also includes a new tram terminus on Talbot Road.
The Talbot Gateway scheme currently being delivered by Muse in partnership with Blackpool Council, and will see the creation of a 1.1m sq ft central business district and civic quarter.
In addition to the hotel, the team has also delivered the 125,000 sq ft Number One Bickerstaffe Square, a Sainsburys supermarket and a refurbished 650-space multi-storey car park, alongside extensive public space.
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