Blackburn town centre has seen transformational regeneration and development over the last 15 years. Kick started by:
The £66 million redevelopment of The Mall shopping centre in 2011 with a further £5 million investment from Debenhams in 2013. In 2017, a further £3.5 million was invested to incorporate further restaurant space as well as a Pure Gym.
Investment of £40 million into various projects in the town centre and environs:
- New £6 million award winning bus station
- Network Rail investment in Blackburn railway station improving entrance and platform facilities as well as introducing half hourly services to and from Manchester at peak times
- Completion of the town’s orbital route with construction of the £12 million Wainwright Bridge and Wainwright Way
The £90 million masterplan is now complete with 15,000 students studying in town. A £13.5 million sports and leisure centre is also open to the public and students.
BLACKBURN TOWN HALL AND LIBRARY
Blackburn and Darwen Council’s £9 million investment in its heritage buildings with refurbishment of Blackburn Town Hall and Library has brought beautiful stone and brick buildings back to their former glory and improved the streetscape.
THE NORTHGATE CULTURAL AND LEISURE AREA
A new £10 million Reel Cinema complex is to open close to King George’s Hall, a 2,300 seat music and entertainment venue in Spring 2020 which will complement the £3 million Heritage Lottery project already underway in the area. The refurbishment of heritage buildings is creating opportunities for complementary independent retail, bars, restaurants and an art gallery.