Colne company front £3 million project

WINE LODGE: Firefighters tackle the blaze (S)
WINE LODGE: Firefighters tackle the blaze (S)

A Colne-based construction company has begun an exciting £3 million project on a burnt-down Blackpool“eyesore”.

RECO Build has set to work on transforming the former Yates’s Wine Lodge, on the edge of Talbot Square, into a thriving 26,000sq. ft. leisure and retail centre.

Located across from the popular promenade, the new site will create scores of temporary and permanent jobs, and should be ready in time for next year’s world-famous illuminations.

RECO Build’s managing director Nick Richardson said: “This is an exciting job for RECO Build as the history behind the landmark and the prominence of the site boosts our profile and takes us closer to our goal of becoming a major player in the national construction industry.”

The Yates’s Wine Lodge was severely damaged by fire in February 2009, and the conservation area site has been considered a blight ever since.

The new three-storey building will be of modern art-deco style, and will include an ornate white-stone tower and feature an iron balcony.

Pan Asian banquet chain Cosmo has already signed a lease for the entire first floor and supermarket giant Tesco is lined up to let the retail space for one of its Express stores.

New York-style restaurant-bar TGI Friday’s has also shown interest.

Deputy Blackpool Council leader Coun. Fred Jackson said: “The site will bring more people into town while works take place and, once completed, will revitalise the town centre.”