Plans to create a hotel in two landmark Grade II listed buildings, which will ensure their futures are safeguarded have been released. Cheshire-based Ashall Projects has submitted a planning application to create a high-quality 148-room Hotel Indigo and Indigo Suites in the Grade II listed former Post Office and Sorting Office located in the heart of Blackpool. It believes the hotel will play a key role in attracting tourists and business people to the town whilst bringing two of the town’s finest early 20th Century buildings back into use and ensuring their survival. The site is a short walk from the railway station, the Winter Gardens and the new £28m Conference Centre, Blackpool Tower and North Pier. It is also close to the new tramway extension connecting Blackpool North with the Promenade.
Many of the original features of the Post Office, which opened in 1910, will be retained, including the frontage onto Abingdon Street which has a number of stained-glass windows which overlook a distinctive row of eight red telephone boxes.
Inside, the marbled flooring, cornicing and other attractive architectural features will be restored.
The Post Office and Sorting Office are separated by a large interior courtyard, which will also be transformed.
Director of Ashall Projects, Mark Ashall, said: “This will be a Hotel Indigo with a difference.
"It will cater for both short-stay leisure and business visitors and it will also offer extended stay suites with additional facilities, such as kitchenettes, to provide the space and amenities for guests who want to stay longer.
“There are nearly 150 Indigo Hotels across the globe but this will be the first time anywhere that Indigo will be offering extended stay rooms in addition to the classic Indigo rooms.
"We believe ...
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