The Sands Venue at Tower Festival Headland on Blackpool Central Promenade is being redeveloped into a brand new building. Take a look and see what’s happening!
Redevelopment of Sands Building on Blackpool Seafront
The proper name of this block is the Palatine Building, but it’s more usually known as the Sands Building. Work is well underway to rebuild the whole of the block, creating a new Sands Venue Resort including Blackpool’s first five star luxury hotel. The new Blackpool Museum will have a home on the first floor.
Above and below are artists impressions of what the new building will look like –
The Sands has been on Blackpool seafront for more than seven years – its original venue was in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. Work began on site in January 2018 to create the new all-in-one onsite entertainment centre.
Plans include a top class 96 room hotel, restaurant, bistro, ground floor bar and restaurant, and expansion of the Wild West Diner. Plus a spa, barbers, hairdressers, nail salon and hotel shop. The modern 5* hotel will have a 1920’s – 30’s theme.
Update: Summer 2019
Have you seen the steelwork structure starting to take shape for the redevelopment of the Sands Building?
It will take the hotel upwards, building the three additional floors for stunning bedroom spaces with 91 breathtaking rooms and suites alongside the penthouse.
Update: Spring 2019
As of April/May 2019, the building looks like a bomb site! It’s hemmed in on all sides in it’s prominent position on Blackpool Central Promenade, so the contractors are having to be slow and careful about the heavy demolition work that they’re doing.
Every few weeks or so, you can see progress being made though. It’s amazing how civil engineers know how to create order from what looks like construction chaos. Take a look at these recent photos –
This is an interesting video of the early stages of construction work from Lyca31. Their YouTube channel is mainly dedicated to videos of their hometown, Blackpool.
Sands Building Before
For many years, the Palatine Building was home to the Sands Venue.
On the seaward side, facing the beach, the Legends show played to packed audiences from the first floor restaurant space with amazing views of the sea.
The ground floor was home to the Wild West Diner bar and grill –
The Town Centre Side of the Palatine Building
Before the redevelopment work began you’d have found a couple of discounter stores at the town centre side of the Palatine Building.
B&M and Poundworld used to occupy the two large units on the ground floor. Poundworld went into administration and closed, while B&M relocated to the former BHS store on Church Street.
Earlier on we showed you a photo of how different the town centre looks now that the old footbridge has been demolished. It hadn’t been open to pedestrians for many years and was in quite a bad state. This is what the footbridge looked like in July 2018 –
It’s the site of what was originally the 96 bedroom Palatine Hotel, built in 1879 and demolished in the 1970s. There’s a lot more about the history of Blackpool here.
The bulldozers moved out and the site of the impressive Palatine Hotel was redeveloped into the modern Palatine Building. Do you remember the footbridge? It spanned the promenade, giving safe access to the Palatine Building for anyone agile enough to climb all of those steps!
The footbridge was demolished in 2009 after being closed to the public for some time previously. By then it was an eyesore, and covered in graffiti.
You probably do remember the part of the footbridge that continued from the Palatine Building across to TK Maxx (below). It originally provided access from the beach/Palatine Building into what used to be C&A.
In October 1986 The Palace nightclub opened in the Palatine Building. In the 90’s it was the biggest nightclub in the north west with a capacity of 3000 people. It had cost £2.2m to open, with the latest in lighting and sound systems.
Later, in 1994, it became the Golden Mile nightclub, with an art-deco American fuel pump in the dining area.
Jellies nightclub was opened in the basement of the Palatine building in 1986. During the building work, contractors found some of the old signage.
The Palace nightclub closed in 2003. The empty building stood unused until 2010 when plans were put forward for the Sands Venue.
Do you remember any of the previous uses of the Palatine Building? Even better, have you got any old photos? We’d love to share them. Just email jane@theRabbitPatch.co.uk. Full credit will be given, of course!
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