A major new hotel development will save two Grade II listed buildings in this Lancashire town


Plans to create a hotel in two historic Grade II listed buildings, which will ensure their future is safeguarded, have been published.

Ashall Projects, based in Cheshire, has submitted a planning request to create a high-quality, 148-room Indigo hotel and Indigo suites in the former Grade II listed post office and sorting office in the heart of Blackpool.

He believes the hotel will play a key role in attracting tourists and businessmen to the city while bringing two of the city’s finest buildings from the turn of the 20th century back into service and ensuring their survival.

The site is a short walk from the train station, Winter Gardens and the new £ 28million conference center, Blackpool Tower and North Pier. It is also close to the new extension of the tram connecting Blackpool North to the Promenade.

Many of the original features of the post office, which opened in 1910, will be retained, including the frontage on Abingdon Street which has a number of stained glass windows that overlook a distinctive row of eight red telephone booths.

Inside, the marble floors, cornices and other attractive architectural features will be restored.

The Post Office and the Sorting Office are separated by a large interior courtyard, which will also be transformed.

Ashall Project Director Mark Ashall said: “It will be an Indigo hotel with a difference.

“It will accommodate both business and short-term leisure travelers and it will also offer extended stay suites with additional amenities, such as kitchenettes, to provide space and amenities for guests who wish to stay longer. long time.

“There are nearly 150 Indigo hotels around the world, but this will be the first time Indigo has offered extended stay rooms in addition to the classic Indigo rooms.

“We believe this will allow us to provide a wide range of accommodation options that will meet a variety of customer needs.”

The hotel will employ approximately 70 people and 215 people will work on construction.

Ashall Projects has considerable experience in the development and opening of hotels, including the Aloft in Liverpool.

The former Royal Insurance building, described by a national newspaper as a ‘dilapidated gem’, underwent a multi-million pound restoration and won the BCIA Construction Project of the Year award in the year that it has been completed.

Mr Ashall continued: “There are many similarities between our work in Liverpool and what we plan to do in Blackpool.

“The building there had been abandoned for 20 years and was in such poor condition that it had been entered in the National Register of At-Risk Buildings.

“It’s hard to believe when you look at him now.

“There is a lot of work to be done on this project, but we have the resources, the knowledge and the commitment.

“Instead of being overlooked and in danger of becoming an eyesore, these buildings will showcase the city center and provide the world’s first Indigo hotel of its kind, which will help draw all kinds of visitors to Blackpool. ”

Ashall Projects works in partnership with Blackpool Council and IHG, one of the world’s leading hotel companies.

Each Hotel Indigo is different and is inspired by the history of its region, its history, its culture and its main monuments.

It starts at the design stage, informs the choice of decor and furnishings, and even influences the choice of local ingredients on the restaurant menu.

The hotel is designed by Franklin Ellis Architects who, like Ashall Projects, has an impressive track record of delivering hotel projects including the Indigo Hotel in downtown Chester which was completed in 2019.

Franklin Ellis Architects partner Matthew Branton said the project “would further aid the wider regeneration of the locality and its place at the heart of the Blackpool town center conservation area”.

This would provide ‘an oasis atmosphere in the city center for visitors and guests alike, while enhancing Blackpool’s upscale bed and breakfast offering as well as several options for events and meetings to enhance the ‘city business and conference offer’.

The project is one of three development projects to be presented under the Blackpool Upgrade Fund offer that was submitted to central government on July 2.

Other projects include an access program to the city center and active travel, redevelopment works and the creation of a new congress space with retail, in the Olympia area of ​​the emblematic winter gardens of the category 2 * from the station.

The three programs are interdependent and ready for delivery by the end of March 2022, and meet the criteria and three key themes of the first round tender process – transport, regeneration and investment in the center – city ​​and cultural investment.

Blackpool Council Chief Cllr Lynn Williams said: “Blackpool Council fully supports plans to bring this key historic property back to life.

“This upscale hotel development will draw long-term business and leisure travelers to central Blackpool year-round for the benefit of local businesses.

“We look forward to working with Ashall Projects on this exciting new project.”


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