This £13M award winning urban regeneration scheme was part of a 15 year £1 billion Masterplan to transform Blackpool and was modelled as the central gateway to the resort. It now forms a striking new entrance to Blackpool from the M55 and was built on the site of former British Rail engine yards.
The main elements of the contract were as follows:
Reclamation 30,000 tonnes of demolition material and 50,000 tonnes of bituminous materials treated and re-used on site, 8,000 tonnes of topsoil and 6,000 of subsoil produced from site material, extensive remediation of hydrocarbon contaminated ground.
Roadworks 1.2km of new adopted highway, demolition of bridge, piling and retaining walls, new 650 space car park, traffic controlled junction, extensive street lighting, steel and timber fencing, hard paving and street furniture.
Climbing Structures Two 20m vertical height, slender climbing walls to world championship standard in black concrete, horizontal climbing wall from waste quarry materials, environmental base camp building, contractor designed temporary works.
Soft Landscaping Major soft landscaping works including 10,600m2 of turfed area, 21,500m2 of topsoil bark area, 650 trees, 68,000 shrubs (94 varieties), 6,000 herbaceous plants, 6,000 perennials and over 50,000 bulbs.
Public Realm Works Construction of new "MUGA", feature Chinese green granite walling and seats, African red granite walling, children's play area and equipment, "pocket park" areas, toilet block and stairways, leisure services building.