Blackpool Tower

Blackpool Tower

Key Facts

Year Completed

Con.

Value

£8.5m

Client

Blackpool Borough Council

Build Type

Refurbishment

Breeam Rating

n/a

Blackpool Tower is an iconic grade 1 listed landmark and a great feat of Victorian engineering. Built in 1894 and standing at 518 feet, the steel structure is not the only part of the tower complex as it also houses a world renowned ballroom and circus arena. BWB have been involved in the renovation, maintenance and general upkeep of the Tower since 1990.

This includes many different projects including:
- Installation of new passenger lifts
- Installation of the Walk of Fear - a 1m square glass floor
- Painting of the tower gold
- Installation of a Fanta sign down the length of the tower
- Major refurbishment of the tower structure including repainting & steelwork replacement

Most recently BWB have been involved with the 8-year maintenance project where high pressure water has been used to remove all of the original lead based paint and replace it with a 2 pack epoxy. This project has involved the replacement and repair of corroded steelwork over the entire tower.

Key Challenges

We have been employed as supervising structural engineers to provide advice on:
- Replacement of any exposed corroded steelwork
- Removal festoon lighting with LEDs
- Renovation of the Tower Top
- Installation of the Tower Eye - a glass wall & floor along the whole of the west side of the tower
- Installation of the Beating Heart

BWB have also been involved in other areas of the complex including:
- Installation of a marine turtle tank in the aquarium
- Installation of the Dawn of Time ride
- Renovation of Level 5 into Jungle Jims play area
- Ballroom roof replacement (back to original lead roof)
- Brick & terracotta tile elevation renovation & window replacement
- Ballroom Sliding roof replacement & original glass roof renovation
- Installation of theming to new Dungeons attraction.

BWB Key Contacts

Colin Langford
Colin Langford
Executive Director
Blackpool Tower

Blackpool Tower