Blackpool Heritage Museum
PRT was appointed by Blackpool Council in December 2014 to project manage its Blackpool Heritage Museum project, which aims to transform the town's stunning Pavilion Theatre into a museum of popular culture.
Built in 1878, the theatre and the Horseshoe space enclosing it form part of the Winter Gardens, Blackpool's historic entertainment complex. But the theatre has long been closed to the public because of the poor state of its roof, with repair work urgently needed. The Blackpool Heritage Museum project aims to transform the theatre and Horseshoe into a new centre that celebrates the town’s rich cultural history.Filled with artefacts, film, music and performance, to reflect the local character and history of Blackpool, the centre will be a blend of museum, visitor attraction and theatre.
The Theatre and Horseshoe are some of the earliest and most significant parts of Blackpool's Winter Gardens. Built in 1878 the Theatre was originally used as a concert room for recitals and lectures. It has long been closed to the public because of its state of disrepair and with fabric decay and water ingress, repair work is urgently needed to avoid the loss of the original features.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has already given an initial £1.25 million grant for the development phase of the project, which began in early 2015 and is due to be complete in the autumn of 2016. The Heritage Lottery Fund is likely to provide further funding for the construction and repair work for the remaining construction and repair work, making the council’s vision a reality.
The project is expected to create 80 full-time jobs plus volunteering opportunities, £19 million investment in the area and a wider annual economic benefit of £14.9 million.