CGI badge.vwxLove-birds will soon be able to say “I do” in the shadow of Blackpool Tower, with plans announced for a new wedding venue on the world famous promenade.

Plans for a new, cutting-edge, low carbon emission building, with panoramic views of the beach and sea, have been drawn up by ReBlackpool, Blackpool’s Urban Regeneration Company. The landmark facility will also be home to a quality beach café and Tourist Information Centre.

Plans have now been submitted for approval and it is hoped the first ceremonies could take place by early 2011.

Located on the Tower Festival Headland, a £14.3 million development close to North Pier, the building will provide a focal point for visitors, alongside neighbouring public artworks and entertainment spaces.

Doug Garrett, Chief Executive of ReBlackpool, said: “Many marriages will have started with a holiday romance in Blackpool so we’re continuing that tradition in a very modern setting.

“The innovative building design will be a stunning addition to the landscape and construction has been planned to reduce carbon emissions, so we’re bringing more fun to Blackpool responsibly.”

Built from solid timber, produced under strict environmental conditions, and clad in gold coloured, stainless steel shingles, the expressive building design is a celebration of Blackpool’s renowned exuberance and the bracing coastal weather. The telescopic wedding tower will feature dramatic picture windows to enable visitors, and couples exchanging vows, the chance to enjoy summer sun or the winter illuminations.

Working with dRMM Architects, the building design will use cross laminated timber as a durable, high strength alternative to steel. With many of the timber elements being prefabricated it will be possible for carpenters to assemble the core of the building in a very short space of time. dRMM are currently regarded as the leading Architects for the design and delivery of solid timber architecture.

Funding of £2.7 million has been awarded by NWDA for the development cost of the building. Construction work will commence in late 2009 and is due for completion by the end of November 2010.

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