It is always very pleasing when a positive outcome is achieved and more so in the present climate. Many of you will recognise the photograph of the Former Subway building on Blakey Moor opposite King Georges Hall. Their lease recently came to an end and instructions were obtained to bring forward a disposal on behalf of a Local Family Trust. The property was beginning to look a little tired although help was in the offering from the Blakey Moor Townscape Heritage initiative. This initiative has largely been driven by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council as part of the Blakey Moor Regeneration scheme which has already acquired a number of buildings in the locality.
The vision for the scheme is to reinvigorate this area as a Leisure Hub incorporating the nearly completed REEL cinema, restaurants, bars with a facelift for main event venue, King Georges Hall. The design concept has endeavoured to emulate Manchester’s Northern Quarter. The subject building is seen as the final piece in the jigsaw for the scheme and we are delighted to have negotiated a sale to the Local authority.
Vicky McGurk of the Council recently commented ‘ The scheme will enhance exiting business but also help to reinvigorate the town’s evening and leisure economy and further establish this part of town as a cultural hub. The purchase of these premises forms the final piece of the jigsaw as the Council now owns the whole of the southern frontage of Blakey Moor to Northgate.’
‘Exciting times lie ahead for the leisure economy of the town and the Council should be congratulated for their efforts in bringing this much needed regeneration project to fruition’ said Agency Director Jason Rawson.