Hounds Hill extension update

A contractor has been chosen to build the second phase of the Houndshill Shopping Centre by Blackpool Council.

Town hall chiefs have appointed Manchester-based Graham Construction Limited following a tendering process.
The £19.5m extension will include a multi-screen cinema and restaurants plus a large store which is expected to be occupied by Wilko’s after its Talbot Road branch shut to make way for a new hotel and tram terminal.
Blackpool Council bought the shopping centre for £47m last November and hopes to secure £5m from the government’s Future High Streets Fund towards the extension.
It will connect to the existing centre at ground and first floor.
A report confirming the appointment of a contractor says: “The scheme will provide a building to a shell and core specification with the fit out of the various units being undertaken separately by the respective tenants.”
It adds: “There remain a number of challenges prior to development taking place, including securing Future High Street Funding, securing the site, and utilities diversions.
“These are all being actively addressed as the need to secure progress on this project to ensure the benefits for the town centre as part of the council’s economic recovery programme are delivered at the earliest opportunity.”

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