Blackburn Cathedral Court development due for completion by Christmas

First published in News

ANOTHER piece of Blackburn town centre’s regeneration jigsaw is poised for completion by Christmas.

Cathedral Court - luxury residential and student accommodation and retail development around ‘Margo Towers’ - will be finished with a new 92-vehicle car park in time for the seasonal shopping rush.

Developers BGSA took over the project, started by Blackburn businesswoman and the Telegraph columnist Margo Grimshaw in 2010.

This month Market Street Lane will be re-opened, following the completion of Cathedral Court, including the construction of 42 vehicle Pay and Display Public Car Park, and a 50 vehicle underground Contract Car Park on a site originally earmarked for a hotel.

The news follows the subsmission of the planning application for the new Cathedral Quarter, the go-ahead for the new bus station on Ainsworth Street, and Debenhams in The Mall announcing a major New Year refurbishment.

Negotiations between Blackburn with Darwen council, Thwaites and Sainsbury’s about a major superstore on the old market and Star Brewery sites continue next month.

BGSA director Sheldon Cohen said “This boarded up building site, which was for so long a reminder of the recession, has now been transformed into a fully occupied residential development, with retail shops, together with public and contract car parking.

“Completed entirely with private funding, luxury apartments in The Tower were let earlier in the year, whilst apartments in The Gatehouse and The Keep were recently fully let to students, in a partnership arrangement with Blackburn College.

“Originally designed for private ownership, the student accommodation is ideally located for students because it is close to the college, the Mall and the town’s transport hubs.

“This will undoubtedly benefit many local traders, from coffee shops and takeaways to fashion and convenience stores.

“Further residential and possibly even a hotel development are being considered for the future.

“We have already rented the largest of the four retail spaces and further details will be announced shortly.”

Council deputy chief executive Andrew Lightfoot said: “This is excellent news for the town centre. BGSA have done well to compete this development in difficult economic conditions.”

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4:57pm Sat 24 Nov 12

peely says...

You,ve got to laugh!
You,ve got to laugh! peely
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5:29pm Sat 24 Nov 12

powerpop says...

“Originally designed for private ownership, the student accommodation is ideally located for students because....IT WILL BE LIKE A WAR ZONE.
“Originally designed for private ownership, the student accommodation is ideally located for students because....IT WILL BE LIKE A WAR ZONE. powerpop
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8:19am Sun 25 Nov 12

Joey99 says...

I guess a lot of people will moan about this. The fact is though that Blackburn is slowly improving...becoming less of a ****-hole year on year. It was a truly dreadful place to grow up in in the 80's
I guess a lot of people will moan about this. The fact is though that Blackburn is slowly improving...becoming less of a ****-hole year on year. It was a truly dreadful place to grow up in in the 80's Joey99
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9:10am Sun 25 Nov 12

Fire Fly says...

Joey99 wrote:
I guess a lot of people will moan about this. The fact is though that Blackburn is slowly improving...becoming less of a ****-hole year on year. It was a truly dreadful place to grow up in in the 80's
I totally disagree about it being a truly dreadful place to grow up in on the 80's...it was probably at its best then before the rot set in.
[quote][p][bold]Joey99[/bold] wrote: I guess a lot of people will moan about this. The fact is though that Blackburn is slowly improving...becoming less of a ****-hole year on year. It was a truly dreadful place to grow up in in the 80's[/p][/quote]I totally disagree about it being a truly dreadful place to grow up in on the 80's...it was probably at its best then before the rot set in. Fire Fly
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9:20am Sun 25 Nov 12

Joey99 says...

Hmmm. I was talking about the grimness of the buildings/shopping centre etc. Crime (I think thats what ur referring to) has risen everywhere I think
Hmmm. I was talking about the grimness of the buildings/shopping centre etc. Crime (I think thats what ur referring to) has risen everywhere I think Joey99
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11:16am Sun 25 Nov 12

Fire Fly says...

Joey99 wrote:
Hmmm. I was talking about the grimness of the buildings/shopping centre etc. Crime (I think thats what ur referring to) has risen everywhere I think
No not crime (was too early in the morning for that lol) I agree the Mall, with its brown tiles was an absolute eyesore but we had some great shops & places to eat in the 80's. Decent pubs, not over run with takeaways etc...not so now obviously but the town did have an identity then & people did spend leisure time in town not just shopping time.
[quote][p][bold]Joey99[/bold] wrote: Hmmm. I was talking about the grimness of the buildings/shopping centre etc. Crime (I think thats what ur referring to) has risen everywhere I think[/p][/quote]No not crime (was too early in the morning for that lol) I agree the Mall, with its brown tiles was an absolute eyesore but we had some great shops & places to eat in the 80's. Decent pubs, not over run with takeaways etc...not so now obviously but the town did have an identity then & people did spend leisure time in town not just shopping time. Fire Fly
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10:04pm Sun 25 Nov 12

DEO VOLENTE says...

Support this peaceful initiative. Also support Gods will, that is israel. Israel must be delivered from the eveil terroroists that exist in the Gaza strip. Victory to the peaceful state of Isael and death to terroroists whever they reside.

Shalom. Shalom.Shalom. Shalom

Deus Vobiscum
Support this peaceful initiative. Also support Gods will, that is israel. Israel must be delivered from the eveil terroroists that exist in the Gaza strip. Victory to the peaceful state of Isael and death to terroroists whever they reside. Shalom. Shalom.Shalom. Shalom Deus Vobiscum DEO VOLENTE
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