Case Study

heritage

Spanish Hall Winter Gardens

Blackpool

Client
Blackpool Council
Location
Blackpool
Value
£1.8m
Contractor
Conlon Construction
Start
February 2018
Completion
April 2019
Sector
heritage
Form of Contract
PCC 2000
Delivery Type
Design and Build

The Grade II* listed Spanish Hall is the second largest ballroom in the Winter Gardens complex and forms part of an elaborate series of rooms created over the winter in 1930/31 by the celebrated film set designer Andrew Mazzei.

Works have been procured via the NWCH and carried out by Conlon Construction. These works involved the repair, restoration and re-glazing of the Spanish Hall roof and the repair and stabilization of ceramic finishes to the Coronation Street Façade of the Olympia Building.

Engagement Benefits
• 3 beach cleans were carried out over the course of the project.
• We held a Meet the Buyer event within the Winter Gardens prior to commencing on site, to source local labour.
• Conlon held a Charity Ball at Winter Gardens to raise money for a great cause – The Walnut Group, who support men with prostate cancer and their families.
• Students from Blackpool and Fylde College visited Spanish Hall. Inspiring the future generation.
• A practitioner-led on-site tutorial for 12 students from UCLan has been carried out.
• Repairs were made to the leaking roof on the Boat House Youth Centre.
• Our mascot Charlie Conlon attended Butterfly Lodge Nursery. The children enjoyed an exciting game of ‘dig a duck’ and had the chance to sit in a digger.
• We employed Master Plasterer, Colin Morris, based in Blackpool to carry out the repairs to the Grade II* listed ceiling. Colin also gave lectures at Blackpool and Fylde college and organised 4 college visits to site to explain in great detail how the repairs were undertaken and the importance of maintaining heritage skills within the next generation.
• Considerate Constructors Scheme – due to the hard work and effort applied by the project team, we were awarded a 43/50 overall for the project.
• CCS Silver ‘National Site Award Winner’ 2018

“There were a number of challenges that required resolving during the contract period. In each case the task was dealt with thoughtfully, industriously and in a productive manner. Conlon’s efforts helped to complete a successful repair and refurbishment project, to the complete satisfaction of the client and it has reinvigorated part of a Grade II* listed building.”Rob Kenyon, Blackpool Council