25 Jun Blackpool Tower Refurbishment by MPM North West
Blackpool Tower, a Grade One listed building, is currently undergoing a £6 million major refurbishment by MPM North West. Blackpool Council purchased the 120 year old Tower last year and this will be open to the public later this year in 2011, although the full refurbishment of the steelwork will not be complete until 2015.
The entire Tower is being strip of its original lead based paint, refurbished and repaired as necessary and then repainted using modern paint systems. Structural repairs and welding are an important part of the refurbishment by MPM North West
Combisafe have provided the Safety Fans, protective nets that splay out around the perimeter of the observation deck at the top of the Tower. These are easily visible from ground level but a better view of the Safety Fans are seen in the 360 degree virtual tour from the top of the Tower.
The Blackpool Tower was inspired by the Mayor of Blackpool back in 1889 after he had seen the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The tower stands 518 feet high above Blackpool Sands and amazingly cost just £290,000 to build! The tower was not built very well originally and seriously corroded and after 30 years there was talk about demolishing the tower. But it was decided to refurbish the tower then and every steelwork part was renewed and replaced.
A special thanks to Dave Hulme, Project manager for the Blackpool Tower for showing me around the refurbishment site.
View more construction photographs by Steve Townsend here: