Blackpool Tower – Project Update

Works are now well under way to restore The Blackpool Tower’s famous arched façade.

The first phase of work will see seven of the Blackpool Tower’s arches restored with a second phase expected to restore two more.

Stained glass windows are also being restored and re-leaded and will be properly displayed for the first time in many years.

The work is being done behind panelling for both safety and aesthetic reasons and to allow Blackpool Tower to continue to operate throughout.

Cllr Graham Cain, Blackpool Council cabinet member for leisure and tourism, said: “We were keen to provide everyone with an update on the works because we know people will wonder what is going on behind those panels.

Progress is being made and work is being done to safeguard the parts of the Tower’s frontage that need to be preserved.
We are now coming towards a point that some of the new specially designed terracotta, which is faithful to the original design, is starting to be delivered and is ready to be fitted.

I want people to know we are being faithful to the Tower’s original design and very sensitive to history.

The final result won’t be a sea change in how the Tower looks; instead it will preserve and restore the frontage to retain its original quality and character.”

Kate Shane, General Manager at The Blackpool Tower, said

It’s very exciting to see the terracotta arriving and the work that has been done so far.

We’re really looking forward to seeing the final outcome and sharing it with the whole of Blackpool.

Local resident and our Project Manager, Peter Evans said: “After months of planning and development alongside our heritage supply chain we are now starting to see everything coming together.

We were able to save three arches worth of the old stained glass from all of nine arches which has been reused in the middle arches.

The other specialist elements of this restoration are starting to arrive on site ready for installation.

As a Blackpool company we are proud to be involved in this iconic restoration project for the town, especially as the Tower’s 120th anniversary coincides with our 80 years of construction on the Fylde coast.”

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