South Beach Regeneration

  • Location: Blackpool
  • Programme: 2009 - 2013
  • Client: ReBlackpool
  • Contract Value: £7.5m

Blackpool was investigating how to arrest the decline in the quality of its building stock, following the collapse of the guesthouse market. Analysis pointed to the re-introduction of attractive family accommodation in the South Beach area, just a short walk from the seafront. Following on from experience in Morecambe, Arca was asked by ReBlackpool to prepare ideas for the conversion of these redundant guesthouses back into family homes. Works for a pilot study were prepared in conjunction with Great Places Housing Group.

In parallel with this exercise, Arca were asked to produce a design guide for prospective developers, and outline public realm proposals for a typical street. Quality finishes and lighting formed the basis of the proposal – together with some novelty topiary work.