AS a landmark Blackburn building prepares for its £9million redevelopment, it will next month host a different sort of bricks - Lego.

The Grade II heritage-listed complex in King William Street will be venue for the inaugural Blackburn Brick Show on May 11.

The Exchange will host a free Saturday exhibition of LEGO models from 10am to 4pm.

Organisers Northern Brickworks are coordinating the display of creations brought by 22 fans of LEGO from across the North-West region.

Models on display will include Star Wars, Minecraft, City and Space.

There will also be a fully working LEGO funfair.

Organiser Thomas Newby said: ‘This LEGO fan event dedicated to all things brick will be a great day for families, collectors, adult builders and every other kind of LEGO fan!

"As well as loads of amazing LEGO models to look at, there will be LEGO to build with too!"

Re:Source Chair of Trustees John James 'JJ'McGregor said: ‘People of all ages love LEGO.

"Thanks to funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund, this event is completely free.

"We’re hoping that the Blackburn Brick Show will be an opportunity to open up The Exchange to new audiences.

The £9million-plus redevelopment will transform the building, which opened in 1865 as the town’s cotton exchange, into community and work spaces with an upgraded café.

In February, Blackburn with Darwen Council planning committee granted planning permission for the ambitious restoration scheme being proposed by Re:Source Blackburn.