Blackburn’s Townscape Heritage Project celebrates another major step forward today. After months of negotiation, the Council has now secured the acquisition of properties that have been holding up delivery of a major regeneration scheme to the Blakey Moor area.
The Planning Application was approved last month for the new eight-screen cinema complex on the former Waves site next to Blakey Moor. This will undoubtedly have a massive positive impact on the economic regeneration of the town, but how comfortably will this modern building sit within the heart of our Conservation Area?
We have some amazing renovation plans for 29 Northgate, but until we are ready to get started we are really happy that the building is providing the perfect training ground for construction students from Blackburn College.
Regeneration of the Blakey Moor area takes another major step forward as the planning application for the Reel Cinema development was submitted yesterday.
The new eight-screen cinema to be built on the former Waves Water Fun Centre site will bring an exciting mix of Hollywood, Bollywood and independent film to Blackburn. It will also include a 100 space underground car park and food and drink outlets that spill out onto a pavement seating area on Nab Lane.
We are working closely with the landscape designers to ensure that the external improvements here blend seamlessly with our own plans for public realm improvements to Blakey Moor.
Some great videos and photos from this years Festival of Light in Blackburn Town Centre. Some amazing sights and sounds where seen on Blakey Moor and Northgate as the parade passed through. Well done to everyone involved.
video from Huckleberry Films
video from Racoon Media
video from Greenbrook Media
Lancashire Telegraph article and photos.
We especially enjoyed these historic guys.
Nice article and photos today in the Lancashire Telegraph about The Lemon Tree opening.
An exciting new phase in the history of 29 Blakey Moor has begun. James and Katy (of the Drummer’s Arms, King William Street) agreed to take on this historic pub and help us ensure it isn’t left vacant while we undertake improvement works.
Despite the property being in a terrible condition, the pair took the challenge head-on and got straight to work. Miraculously, within just a few weeks they managed to transform the place, and last week re-launched as The Lemon Tree.
Another great article featuring Community Clothing in the Guardian last week about how companies like this are changing the face of the British High Street with ethical manufacturing.
This reminded us to remind you to check out the fantastic range of designer quality, ethically made in the UK clothes and accessories in store at 14 Lord Street West.
Great quality like this doesn’t come cheap, but it certainly IS affordable and supports UK manufacturing and local jobs as well as the vitality of our own high street here in Blackburn.
You may fancy splashing out on some stylishly simple jeans or a beautifully tailored jacket this Christmas, but if like me you are just looking for those last few gifts and ideally need them to come in under 20 quid, then look no further…….
It’s been a long time coming but Shh! Bar at 48 Northgate finally opened for business a couple of weeks ago and is already firmly on Blackburn’s ‘must do’ map. Hidden behind its discrete and unassuming black shop front, is an intimate but perfectly flamboyant bar complete with cocktails, cake and a baby grand piano.
Scaffolding finally started to go up today so that we can start some real work, getting this building back into shape.