Blackpool rock club sold for council offices scheme

Posted on by John Cronin

A well-known night club and rock venue in Blackpool has been purchased by the local council who plan to build new offices on the site.

Tache rock clubThe Tache club (pictured – source) on Cookson Street has been purchased by Blackpool Council for £400,000 and is set to be demolished by early 2012. The site was included in a compulsory purchase order issued in January.

The night club is on land targeted for a £250m mixed-use development known as The Talbot Gateway. The proposed scheme, amounting to 1.1m sq ft of floor space, is to include a supermarket, retail outlets, offices and a new transport interchange. Developers for the scheme are regeneration specialists Muse Developments.

As part of the Talbot Gateway scheme (masterplan), Blackpool Council is to spend £28m on new civic offices. The building will offer approximately 80,000 sq ft of floor space and will accommodate staff relocating from existing offices in the town. Talbot Gateway will offer in the region of 330,000 sq ft of office space with the aim of creating a new business district in the town.

The cost of the new council offices is being met through the sale of other council buildings including Westgate House in South Shore which is currently being demolished. The 240 staff have relocated to council-owned Progress House in Marton, which will be subsequently sold, and to serviced offices at Blackpool Football Club.

The Tache club is to remain open until the end of the year. Manager Ronald Blunden told the Blackpool Gazette that he is planning a final encore: “We are thinking of having a mini festival near the end, with the bands that have played here over the years.”

Construction work is scheduled to start in early 2012.

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