THE latest phase of a major revamp has been announced for Blackburn’s towering high-rise flats.

Proposals have been unveiled for an overhaul at the 14-storey Bowland House, in Primrose Bank by housing association Great Places.

The scheme is the latest phase in a £3.3million revamp for the block, which has seen the 79 flats there given new bathrooms and kitchens, along with widescale rewiring and replacement lifts.

Housing chiefs say they have closely considered the findings of the Hackitt Report, compiled in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, before pressing ahead with the scheme.

Some of the ideas drawn up include the installation of a ground source heat pump, to help reduce energy consumption, new energy-efficient windows and doors and revived communal areas.

New safety measures will incorporate a fresh sprinkler system, with rendering and insulation installed on the exteriors.

Matthew Harrison, Great Places chief executive, said the improvement programme proposals would be put before customers to get their input before work starts.

He added: “We have wanted to invest in Bowland House for some time but the tragedy at Grenfell caused us to pause and consider the ramifications of the Hackitt Report before we could proceed.

“Safety in tower blocks is under the spotlight and our proposed regeneration includes improved fire safety measures internally and externally.

“Bowland House continues to be a popular place to live, with some tenants having lived there for more than 20 years, and we hope that they will like the plans we have drawn up.

“We put the customers, and their safety, at the heart of everything we do and we want the customers to have input on the plans so they are fully aware of what our investment means for them.

“Initial feedback has been extremely positive and we are looking forward to sharing our plans with tenants.”

Residents will be able to see the planned improvements for themselves at a consultation evening next week.

Together with the likes of St Michael’s Court, St Alban’s Court and Trinity Court, Bowland House has towered over Blackburn since the mid-60s.

One of the last major projects there was in 2001 when an investment totalling £2.3million was made.