Blackpool Wedding Venue – Festival House

Festival House Blackpool, Lancashire Wedding Venue, Building, Design, Image

Blackpool Wedding Venue : Festival House

Promenade Building in Lancashire, northwest England – design by dRMM Architects

22 Jun 2012

Festival House, Blackpool – Award

Design: dRMM Architects

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photos : Alex de Rijke

RIBA Awards 2012 Citation:

Festival House
Promenade, Blackpool

Blackpool is a town in need of regeneration, and a key to achieving this is building upon the history of the town’s identity as a centre for entertainment and vacation.

The building provides a restaurant and tourist information centre at promenade level, on the first floor is a registry office, and above that is a wedding ceremony hall with a precisely framed view of Blackpool Tower.

Festival House Blackpool
photo : dRMM

The structure consists of pre-fabricated cross-laminated timber panels manufactured off site. This is clad in golden stainless steel shingles above a plinth clad in stepped concrete blocks containing recycled and phosphorescent glass which catches the light. The project has achieved a BREEAM bespoke rating of excellent, with very low air permeability and maximised access to daylight reducing energy consumption.

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Festival House Blackpool
photo : Chris Astbury

Festival House Blackpool – Building Information

Architect: dRMM Architects
Client: Blackpool Council
Contractor: Parkinson Building Contractors
Structural Engineer: Michael Hadi Associates
Services Engineer: Michael Popper Associates LLP
Contract Value: confidential
Date of completion: Dec 2011
Gross internal area: 565 sqm

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News Update – 16 Nov 2009

Blackpool Council approve de Rijke Marsh Morgan’s Blackpool Wedding Venue

Blackpool Wedding Venue
Design: dRMM Architects

30 Jul 2009


Love-birds will soon be able to say “I do” in the shadow of Blackpool Tower, with plans announced for a new wedding venue on the world famous promenade.

Plans for a new, cutting-edge, low carbon emission building, with panoramic views of the beach and sea, have been drawn up by ReBlackpool, Blackpool’s Urban Regeneration Company. The landmark facility will also be home to a quality beach café and Tourist Information Centre.

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Plans have now been submitted for approval and it is hoped the first ceremonies could take place by early 2011.

Located on the Tower Festival Headland, a £14.3 million development close to North Pier, the building will provide a focal point for visitors, alongside neighbouring public artworks and entertainment spaces.

Doug Garrett, Chief Executive of ReBlackpool, said: “Many marriages will have started with a holiday romance in Blackpool so we’re continuing that tradition in a very modern setting.

“The innovative building design will be a stunning addition to the landscape and construction has been planned to reduce carbon emissions, so we’re bringing more fun to Blackpool responsibly.”

Built from solid timber, produced under strict environmental conditions, and clad in gold coloured, stainless steel shingles, the expressive building design is a celebration of Blackpool’s renowned exuberance and the bracing coastal weather. The telescopic wedding tower will feature dramatic picture windows to enable visitors, and couples exchanging vows, the chance to enjoy summer sun or the winter illuminations.

Working with dRMM Architects, the building design will use cross laminated timber as a durable, high strength alternative to steel. With many of the timber elements being prefabricated it will be possible for carpenters to assemble the core of the building in a very short space of time. dRMM are currently regarded as the leading Architects for the design and delivery of solid timber architecture.

Funding of £2.7 million has been awarded by NWDA for the development cost of the building. Construction work will commence in late 2009 and is due for completion by the end of November 2010.

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ReBlackpool, Blackpool’s Urban Regeneration Company, is the body charged with delivering the master plan proposal’s that will transform the UK’s premier coastal resort over the next ten years. The master plan has been developed to bring about radical economic and social regeneration; transforming Blackpool into a quality, world class visitor destination that is a great place to visit and a better place to live.
Working closely with the North West Regional Development Agency and Blackpool Council, ReBlackpool’s vision is to create a year-round economy that delivers a totality of experience focused around quality at all levels and at all scales in product, environment and service. The imperative is to deliver a range of world-class facilities that responds to the dynamics of the leisure market, while delivering unparalleled economic and social improvements to the residents of Blackpool.
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