VALUE: £10 million

Duration: 52 weeks

Barnfield Investment Properties Limited originally purchased this land in order to create a speculative industrial development following on from the success of Wellington Point, a previous industrial development on the same estate.

Prior to commencing work on the scheme, Barnfield were made aware of Blackpool Council’s requirement for the provision of a storage depot to house the famous Blackpool Illuminations.

The development team and Blackpool Borough Council underwent negotiations and the flagship building was designed and built under a development agreement.

The construction project involved working to tight timescales in order to accommodate the lights and staff who were vacating their previous leased property on Rigby Road, Blackpool.

As this site was based on a greenbelt adjacent to Blackpool Airport, a close liaison with the airport authorities was essential when Barnfield Construction carried out work using cranes and high machinery.

The huge 120,000 sq ft and 15m tall premises are now home to more than 711,000 kilograms of equipment, which is the equivalent of 350 Blackpool trams.  With this in mind the site was fully piled including the concrete slab and drainage included permeable paving and in-ground storage throughout the site.

The building incorporates workshops, spray booths, storage racking, and offices which were fitted in Blackpool Councils corporate colours.
The building also included a secure, climate controlled environment to house archive drawings for the Illuminations going back over the last century.

The flagship building sits adjacent to Barnfield’s brand new business centre which is now fully operational. The first and second floor have been let to Fujitsu Services Limited on a 9 year lease.

  • "This new building is superb for our needs.  All the workshops are laid out so that it can be done in order. Having the extra height in the depot has also meant we do not have to rebuild some of the exhibits when we are maintaining them.”  

    Richard Ryan Head of Illuminations at Blackpool Council