The Winter Gardens, Blackpool

What the project involves

The Winter Gardens is one of Blackpool’s oldest and most famous landmarks. Within the Grade II listed building is the Spanish Hall; split over two floors, it has a capacity of 700 and is regularly used as a venue for conferences, exhibitions and private functions.

In 2018, a major restoration and renovation project began to refurbish the hall’s stunning ceiling and glass roof, in addition to the protection of the Andalusian themed artwork and plasterwork.

The works aim to open up the full space of the hall while returning it to its former glory. The project is set to be completed in 2019.

How the client is benefitting

Aegis was appointed to provide CDM Principal Designer Advisor services on the restoration project on behalf of client Blackpool Council. Conlon Construction acted as Principal Contractor and Principal Designer.

Aegis advised the Principal Designer on the planning, management and monitoring of the co-ordination of health and safety, providing re-assurance and the essential guidance required throughout a project of this nature.

Why it is crucial to understand the client and their needs

The location of the Winter Gardens, within Blackpool’s bustling town centre, resulted in constraints where access was concerned. In addition, the site was occupied throughout the works with members of the public using the building, and there were several factors to be taken into consideration relating to the special care and attention required of listed buildings.

For nearly a quarter of a century, Aegis has provided value-adding CDM services for major development schemes and has worked on several historic building projects including Victoria Baths, Manchester and Manchester Central Library.

Since the initial introduction of the CDM regulations in 1994, we have been instrumental in numerous major projects across the North West. This means we have developed deep knowledge and specialist insight into our clients’ specific requirements.