Contractor appointed to Blackpool Tower works
A Lancashire-based company has been appointed to carry out works on the steel structure of Blackpool Tower.
Blackpool Council has awarded a contract to complete maintenance and renewals to Bri-Met, a steelwork company based in Wyre.
The work on the Grade I listed building is due to begin this month.
Cllr Lynn Williams, leader of Blackpool Council, said: “This work is part of an ongoing maintenance programme to ensure that the Tower is kept in the best possible condition.
“It is fantastic to hear that a local company has been appointed to carry out the work. When money is spent investing in the town it is so important that local people feel the benefit of it is as well.”
Craig Scott, project co-ordinator for Bri-Met, said: “Bri-Met is delighted to be appointed as Main Contractor in undertaking the latest steel works maintenance and renewal package on the world famous and iconic Blackpool Tower. We look forward to working with both Blackpool Council and Merlin Entertainments in delivering a successful project.
“We are based down the road in Poulton so everyone working on the project lives on the Fylde Coast. It is a big project so we will be recruiting more staff and will also be sub-contracting some elements of the works to other local companies. It is great to work on one of the country’s most iconic landmarks.”
Kenny Mew, operations director at Merlin Entertainments, added: “We are thrilled to see Blackpool Council continuing their investment programme in one of Britain’s most iconic and loved structures. Works will commence in December 2022, with completion anticipated Easter 2023. The Blackpool Tower Ballroom will continue to be filled with glitz and glamour this Winter, alongside our brand new High Jinx Christmas show in the Blackpool Tower Circus. The world famous Blackpool Tower Circus main season show will return earlier than ever in February 2023, so please check our website for opening times.”