The name of Blackpool’s first ever five-star hotel has been revealed as the Sands Venue Resort.
Lancashire firm Warden Construction has been awarded the contract to build Blackpool’s first five-star hotel by developer Coolsilk Property & Investment.
The 96-bedroom hotel and leisure scheme, which has a gross development value of between £15m and £18m, was designed by Preston architects Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP).
The Sands Venue Resort Hotel will replace the former Palatine Hotel, a 96-bedroom Victorian venue knocked down in the 1970s.
Coolsilk directors Peter and Karin Swann said in a joint statement: “We are delighted to award this prestigious contract to a local building company.
“Our new hotel and leisure facility is a real confidence booster for Blackpool and we want to make sure our investment benefits local people and the local economy as much as possible.”
They continued: “We believe Blackpool is a resort that is on the up following the hard-work of the council and other stakeholders in securing funding for new infrastructure and public realm improvements to the town. This has created the right conditions for attracting private sector investment.
“Our five-star hotel will add value to the ongoing investment in the Blackpool visitor economy and complement the regeneration of the Winter Gardens and other facilities.”
FWP Managing Partner David Robinson commented: “We are delivering a conservation area sensitive scheme on one of the Promenade’s most popular sites.
“The new Sands Venue Resort Hotel will be a valuable addition to Blackpool and will have a real commercial, economic and architectural benefit to the town and surrounding areas.”
Richard Kenworthy, MD of Warden Construction, said of the contract win: “It’s fantastic to be working so close to home on yet another high profile and prestigious project.
“Blackpool has always offered visitors a friendly and fun welcome. Now, the resort will be able to add real luxury to its offer and for us to be building Blackpool’s first 5-star hotel is a real honour.”
The Sands Venue Resort Hotel will open its doors in Summer 2019.