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Watch ice skating from the mezzanine floor

Posted by Trevor
September 11, 2012 in Community

A factory previously used to manufacture TVR sports cars is now set to be transformed by an extensive internal refurbishment, which will include the installation of a mezzanine floor as well as offices, a shop, a dance studio and a restaurant.

Blackpool Council is expected to approve plans to convert the premises in Bristol Avenue into two ice rinks and changing rooms, with seating for an audience on a newly constructed  mezzanine flooring  mezzanine flooring level.

TVR was one of the largest specialist manufacturers of sports cars in the world, with several different models all made from fibre-glass. Making its first public appearance in Manchester in 1958, the TVR enjoyed considerable success during the 1950s and 60s in the USA, where it was marketed under the brand name Jomar.

The car was built in Blackpool until 2006, when the firm was split into several subsidiary companies before finally going out of business in 2012.

Around 250 jobs were lost with the closure of the factory, which has remained empty since 2006, and the plans for a major change of use will not only create several construction jobs, but also create around 30 new permanent jobs in the ice rink, restaurant and shop.

Despite a complete internal refit, the exterior of the existing building will remain unchanged, other than a new main entrance and the construction of an ice store, with the mezzanine flooring level increasing the useable space by using the double height of the building.

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