has begun to deliver phase two of the development of a new £5m sports village
at Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone.
Construction is now active on the 35-acre site off
Common Edge Road in Marton, Blackpool. Once complete, it will comprise a
single-storey 675m2 changing and spectator facility; a 3G sports pitch,
replacement grass rugby pitch and training area; reconfiguration
and extension of the existing car park to accommodate 194 cars; as well as
alterations to the existing access road. The sports facilities will be used by
the Spirit of Youth Junior Football Club, which has 250 registered players, and
other clubs in the local area.
The build will take 10 months to complete with an anticipated
opening in summer 2022 and will create approximately 10 full-time equivalent local
construction jobs throughout the lifetime of the project. Blackpool Council has
also applied for £200,000 grant funding from the Football Foundation to assist
Designed by Preston-based
architectural, planning and building surveying practice, Cassidy + Ashton, the scheme is the first stage of a £28.8m investment
allocated for the redevelopment of the wider 355-acre Blackpool Airport
Enterprise Zone. Over the next 25 years, Blackpool Council aims to spend £70m
on the Enterprise Zone to attract 140 businesses and help create 5,000 jobs.
Council has recently appointed a dedicated social value team to ensure local
projects satisfy the council’s criteria of achieving a minimum 20 per cent
social value target in all developments. Conlon Construction has committed to
achieving an entirely local supply chain, appointing 80% of suppliers within a
30-mile radius of the project, and to use the development as an opportunity to
upskill disadvantaged groups from the area by offering them work experience
placements on site.
Lee, commercial director at Conlon Construction, said: “The local community and
a vast number of stakeholders have long been anticipating work starting on
site, as it indicates the beginning of a new generation of sport and leisure
opportunities for the people of Blackpool.
facilities across the new Enterprise Zone will be exceptional in their quality,
but what’s even more important to us is knowing they’ve been delivered using
contractors who have social value at their heart so we can be assured the project
has a lasting legacy of benefits to the people of the local region.”
Mark Smith, Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Business and Job Creation said: “We
are delighted to see Conlon Construction start work on the new changing rooms
and spectator pavilions that will deliver a transformational change for the
local grass roots sports clubs using these facilities regularly.
first-class accommodation will make such a difference to weekly matches and
training sessions, and will also enable Blackpool to attract and host high
profile championships and tournaments in the future, starting with the
Blackpool Cup already planned for spring 2022.”