Redevelopment of Sands Building

Redevelopment of Sands Building

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 –

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Artist's impression of the new Sands Resort Hotel on Blackpool's Golden Mile

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.

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 –

The footbridge is now demolished between the Sands/Palatine Building and TK Maxx
The footbridge is now demolished between the Sands/Palatine Building and TK Maxx. Photo: April 2019
Photo taken April 2019
Photo taken April 2019
Looking into the construction site in Feb 2019
Looking into the construction site in Feb 2019
Scaffolding at the Palatine Building in August 2018
Scaffolding at the Palatine Building in August 2018

Sands Building Before

For many years, the Palatine Building was home to the Sands Venue.

Palatine Building and the old Sands Venue on Blackpool seafront.
Palatine Building and the old Sands Venue on Blackpool seafront.
Front of the old Sands Venue on Blackpool seafront.
Front of the old Sands Venue on Blackpool seafront.

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 –

Inside the Sands Bar and Grill, before redevelopment
Inside the Sands Bar and Grill, before redevelopment

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.

B&M occupied one of the retail units in the Palatine Building
B&M occupied one of the retail units in the Palatine Building
Empty Poundworld store in the Palatine Building. Photo - January 2018
Empty Poundworld store in the Palatine Building. Photo – January 2018

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 –

Footbridge in Blackpool Town Centre, July 2018
Footbridge in Blackpool Town Centre, July 2018

Before Sands…

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.

Palatine Hotel, built in 1879
Palatine Hotel, built in 1879

In October 1986 The Palace opened in the Palatine Building. In the 90’s it was the biggest nightclub in the north west with a capacity of 3000 people.

Later, in 1994, it became the Golden Mile nightclub.

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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    I liked the old Sands/Palatine building, this new one looks abit faceless

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