New 200-bed hotel to bring tourism boost to Blackpool as outline planning is approved

A plan to bring a new 200-bedroom hotel to Blackpool as part of a £28m exhibition centre development is one step closer to fruition.

The team behind Blackpool Winter Gardens’ Conference and Exhibition Centre has been granted outline planning approval to create a new hotel adjacent to the epic 6,150 sq metre extension to Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.

London-based architects Bisset Adams submitted plans for the hotel and the extension to Blackpool Council earlier this year.

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The hotel will be home to 203 bedrooms over six floors, with a bar, café, restaurant and spa included in the application.

Aesthetically influenced by Blackpool’s celebrated art deco heritage and its famous illuminations, the plans also proposed underground parking provision for up to 59 vehicles.

The architects’ plans further included proposals to create a physical link between the new hotel and the new conference centre.

The proposed enclosed walkway would link from the hotel’s second floor to the first -floor concourse of the new venue.

The new hotel would also only be a few minutes’ walk from the town’s new tramway. The line, which will link Blackpool North train station to tram services which serve the length of Blackpool’s promenade, is due for completion in 2019.

Commenting on the plans, Michael Williams from Blackpool’s Winter Gardens said: “When the design of our new Conference & Exhibition Centre was first conceived we included plans for a hotel immediately adjacent to the site. It’s therefore great news that this idea has moved one step closer to becoming a reality. Further, with the architects Bisset Adams also behind these proposals, the proposed hotel would be closely aligned to the wider Winter Gardens scheme.

Blackpool Council’s planning committee approving an outline planning application now paves the way for more detailed plans to be submitted.

If these are approved, and the scheme gets the green light to be built, the development would become the latest in a series of new hotels across Blackpool which are set to add over 900 premium rooms to the town’s existing stock.

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