Value: £300 million Blackpool Central
‘Blackpool Central’ is a new leisure-led development bringing world-class visitor attractions to a landmark 17-acre site on Blackpool’s world-famous Golden Mile, just 200 metres from Blackpool Tower.
The development is a partnership between Nikal, Blackpool Council and Media Invest Entertainment.
Nikal has been working for the last 18 months on the project with internationally renowned architects, designers and planners, Gensler. Nikal’s experienced team has developed a concept ‘masterplan’ that includes leisure uses, artisan food hall, restaurants, new hotels and residential apartments set around a versatile public square designed to stage open air live events, such as concerts, road shows, fashion shows, sports events and themed Christmas markets.
The project’s anchor tenant will be a unique state-of-the-art Chariots of The Gods Entertainment Park, an indoor theme and adventure park inspired by the 1968 bestselling book, The Chariots of The Gods, to which partner, Media Invest Entertainment, owns and controls the global media rights.
Adopting the books core themes of ‘alien encounters’ and the ‘unsolved mysteries of ancient civilisations’, The Chariots of The Gods Entertainment Park will incorporate five key attractions, including the UK’s first ‘flying theatre’; a fully immersive experience that will provide an unparalleled flying sensation with on-board special effects including wind, fog, water and scents, with state-of-the-art projection and surround sound. Each attraction will utilise industry leading technology and virtual reality special effects to deliver an immersive and thrilling ‘Edutainment’ experience unlike any other in the world.
Nikal plans to deliver the development in several phases over an eight-year period, with construction forecast to commence in 2020, after detailed consultations and planning.
It is estimated that the new development will attract 600,000 additional visitors a year with an estimated combined annual spend of £75m. It will also create around 1,000 new jobs, whilst safeguarding employment within existing businesses located on the site.