Demolition of an unsafe building at Blackpool Airport will begin later this month.
The former fire station and engineering workshop at the airport have sat empty for eight months, and are in a poor state of repair. A pre-demolition survey showed signs of damp on the timber roof joists, collapsing ceilings and asbestos.
The council’s chosen contractor, Bradley Group, will begin soft stripping the building next week, before dismantling and removing the remaining structure.
Blackpool Airport’s rescue and firefighting services operate from a separate unit on the airport and their operations are not impacted by the works.
It is expected the demolition will take around six weeks. Once demolished the site is earmarked to become a data centre demonstrator as part of the Enterprise Zone’s Knowledge Quarter, which will create new commercial space allowing digital companies to benefit from access to the ultrafast North Atlantic Loop internet cable.
For more details on the Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone masterplan and Knowledge Quarter, visit the Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone Masterplan