Work set to start on Blackpool’s first 5-star hotel


The name of Blackpool’s first 5-star hotel has been revealed – the Sands Venue Resort Hotel.

And North West builder Warden Construction has been awarded the contract, with a GDV of between £15 million and £18 million, by Coolsilk Property & Investment Ltd, to build the luxury new hotel on the resort’s famous Promenade near Blackpool Tower.

The 96-bedroom hotel and leisure development represents a significant move up-market for Blackpool’s hotel sector as Coolsilk raises the bar for accommodation in Britain’s most popular holiday resort.

The hotel has been designed by the Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP), based in Preston, and with Warden‘s HQ in nearby Kirkham this is a true Lancashire project.

The two well-respected firms worked together on the design, construction and successful delivery of AFC Fylde’s acclaimed new football stadium and commercial and leisure park in Kirkham.

The new Sands Venue Resort Hotel replaces the former Palatine Hotel, a 96 bedroom Victorian building demolished in the 1970s.

Highlights of the new hotel will be the large penthouse suites on the corner aspects of the hotel providing stunning views out over the promenade and the Irish Sea making the Sands Venue Resort Hotel a real destination point for tourism in Blackpool.

Peter and Karin Swann, directors of Coolsilk, said: “We are delighted to award this prestigious contract to a local building company.

“Our new hotel and leisure facility is a real confidence booster for Blackpool and we want to make sure our investment benefits local people and the local economy as much as possible.

“We believe Blackpool is a resort that is on the up following the hard-work of the council and other stakeholders in securing funding for new infrastructure and public realm improvements to the town.

“This has created the right conditions for attracting private sector investment.

“Our 5-star hotel will add value to the ongoing investment in the Blackpool visitor economy and complement the regeneration of the Winter Gardens and other facilities.”

FWP won planning consent for Coolsilk earlier this year and the new hotel will be ready for a 2019 summer opening.

David Robinson, managing partner of FWP, said: “We are delivering a conservation area sensitive scheme on one of the Promenade’s most popular sites.

“The new Sands Venue Resort Hotel will be a valuable addition to Blackpool and will have a real commercial, economic and architectural benefit to the town and surrounding areas.”

Warden Construction has been building a reputation in the North West for more than 60 years and consistently delivers high profile projects on time and to budget.

The Kirkham company works across a whole range of sectors including healthcare, education, residential, retail, commercial, industrial and leisure often with repeat business and negotiated contracts.

Richard Kenworthy, managing director of Warden Construction, said: “It’s fantastic to be working so close to home on yet another high profile and prestigious project.

“Blackpool has always offered visitors a friendly and fun welcome. Now, the resort will be able to add real luxury to its offer and for us to be building Blackpool’s first 5-star hotel is a real honour.”

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