Seven years on: Blackpool Tower to be finally uncovered

  • Blackpool Tower is set to be revealed in all its glory for the first time in seven years
  • The scaffolding should be completely removed in time for Easter
  • Maintenance work has been carried out on the Tower’s steel structure since 2008

Tourism and council chiefs are celebrating the news that Blackpool Tower will be restored to its full glory in time for Easter – marking the end of a seven-year restoration project.

The resort landmark has been hidden under scaffolding since 2008 as part of what was previous-reported to be a £6m project to repair the steel structure.

The Tower’s paint has been stripped off and rusted metal underneath removed using high-pressure water jets.
An additional £1.8m loan was taken out by the council last summer, to be paid back from the Tower’s own income, when work was discovered which needed extra attention.

Metalwork has been replaced throughout the Tower, and the 122-year-old structure has been repainted in its own shade of red.

Now the final section is nearing completion, with the scaffolding starting to be removed, and an expected completion date in the early spring.

“Provided that there are no delays due to the weather, we expect it to be completely removed in time for Easter.”

Coun Gillian Campbell

Tower with Scaffolding

Tower 7 years ago

Coun Gillian Campbell, deputy leader of Blackpool Council, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that the steel work on Blackpool Tower is now completed and that the scaffolding is being taken down.

“Provided that there are no delays due to the weather, we expect it to be completely removed in time for Easter.”
The project began under the Tower’s previous ownership and continued when Blackpool Council bought the building in 2010, with funding coming from the pot the used to buy both the Tower and the Winter Gardens.

The cash came from the council, the European Regional Development Fund, the Government’s Homes And Communities Agency and the North West Development Agency.

The duration of the scheme has received criticism over the years, with Coun Campbell defending the time scale for the ‘vitally important’ work in preserving the landmark.

She added: “Like everybody, I’ve been looking forward to seeing the Tower return back to its original, slimline look, but we’ve had 
to be patient because the
work that has been carried out was so vitally important to making sure that the
 Tower continues to stand tall for many, many years to