£300m leisure development includes VR experience, Roller-coaster diner, gaming zone and UK's first 'flying theatre.'
It is estimated that the development will attract 600,000 additional visitors a year with a combined annual spend of £75m.
It will also create around 1,000 new jobs.
The 17-acre development site, which currently includes one of Blackpool’s biggest surface car parks alongside the magistrates’ court building and the former police station, was once earmarked as the site of a Vegas-style super-casino.
The first major phase of the project will incorporate several key components including:
This will provide a new multi-storey car park with more than 1000 spaces replacing the existing open air car park as well as new coach drop off facilities.
The UK’s first Flying Theatre:
The attraction will provide an 'unparalleled flying sensation.'
The indoor theatre will be fully immersive with on-board special effects including wind, fog, water and scents, with state-of-the-art projection and surround sound.
Virtual Reality Experience:
The most advanced 'VR' experience on an epic scale with free roam, multi-player capability, body tracking, and motion simulators for unmatched realism in game-play.
The world’s first multimedia exhibition of its type exploring extra-terrestrial influences on the great ancient civilisations.
A fully immersive educational and entertaining experience created with leading-edge technology.
Expansive in door family entertainment centre incorporating a series of physical and mental challenges including free-fall hang gliding, rope courses, adventure trails and interactive climbing walls.
Thrill & Gaming Zone:
Fully themed gaming zone, with thrill and family rides, arcade games, laser tag arena, bounce park and bumper cars.
Themed bar and event restaurant concept with “roller coaster” service, hourly special effects shows and exploration tours.
This first phase, due to open in Spring 2024, will be complemented by the development of an Artisan Food Hall accommodating up to 30 outlets and an event square incorporating a stage and video wall which will be used to host themed markets, open-air concerts and events.
A new 150-bedroom promenade hotel is also planned.
Phase Two will include apartments, further food and drink outlets, a second hotel comprising 250 bedrooms, with additional landscaped public open space.
Future phases to the southern end of the site will include further leisure attractions, residential apartments and a music venue and nightclub.
Cllr Blackburn added:
“I am delighted to be able to announce this hugely significant milestone in the redevelopment of the Central Station site. This really is a once in a generation opportunity that has the potential to alter the face of our town.”
“These new attractions are of ground-breaking international quality and their cutting edge technology will take Blackpool’s tourism offer to another level.