THE reopening of a historic town centre pub has moved a step closer.
The contract has been awarded for the internal refit of the Baroque at 35 Northgate in Blackburn Town Centre.
And Blackburn with Darwen Council has identified a potential tenant for the Victorian premises, formerly known as Gladstone’s and The Ribblesdale Hotel.
The refurbishment of the pub, empty since 2014, is a key element of the £3.8million Blakey Moor Townscape Heritage Project to create a new town centre leisure quarter of cafes, coffee houses and bars alongside public spaces for residents and visitors to relax.
Now the council’s Strategic Director of Place Martin Kelly has awarded the contract to John Wade Groundworks Ltd
He said: “The project will complete the full restoration of 35 Northgate and bring it up to a lettable standard internally. Phase I external works have already been completed as part of the Townscape Heritage Project funded jointly by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and the National Heritage Lottery Fund.
“A suitable commercial tenant has been identified .”
Cllr Phil Riley, the borough’s regeneration boss said: “This is a significant step forward. The internal works will take some months. Everything has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.”