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The town of Blackburn in the north-west of England looks set to have 30,000 sqft of new office space added to its existing supply, according to reports.
A scheme focussing on a newly earmarked ‘Cathedral Quarter’ in the Lancashire town has been designed with a series of mixed-use developments in mind and councillors look set to give the plans their seal of approval.
The initiative, which will add considerably to Blackburn’s office stock, was sketched out several years ago but plans had to be scaled back due to funding constraints and a generally more challenging economic environment.
Maple Grove Developments has been lined up to carry out the relevant building work with a hotel, restaurant and retail outlets all forming part of the plans, according to the Lancashire Telegraph.
Blackburn Council’s development manager Clare Turner told the local paper: “The Cathedral Quarter development is the next transformational step in the delivery of an ambitious 15-year town centre strategy, driving up the competitiveness of Blackburn Town Centre against neighbouring towns and cities and substantially raising our regional profile to both investors and visitors alike.”
Part of the redevelopment effort will involve work being carried out on the cathedral that gives the wider project its name. The dean of Blackburn Cathedral is among those to have given the scheme his backing, telling the Lancashire Telegraph he believes it will go a long way towards rejuvenating the local town centre.
Blackburn is among the largest towns in Lancashire with a population of just over 100,000 people. It lies less than 30 miles from central Manchester, the largest and most populous city in the region.
If given the official go-ahead, the development of the new offices and other commercial sites in Blackburn’s Cathedral Quarter is expected to have completed before the end of 2014.