Blackburn and Darwen Hive Ambassadors Network


Blackburn with Darwen is changing. The public and private sectors are investing in its future. A summary of major schemes which are on site or have completed can be found below.

Blackburn Cathedral Quarter

£30m development in the heart of Blackburn town centre featuring a 60 bed Premier Inn hotel, 30,000 sq ft of Grade A office space with retail/restaurant space, a new public square and Blackburn Cathedral’s Clergy Court.

 Blackburn College

A new £65m Student Village including a £5.5m state of the art Regional Automotive Hub, and £7m Sir Bill Taylor Futures Centre which houses a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths based subjects.

Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio

A new Studio School for students aged 14-19 offering an alternative environment to the traditional school setting. Part of the Aldridge Foundation’s family of schools including Darwen Aldridge Community Academy, Darwen Vale High School and Sudell Primary School.


The Mall

The Mall’s £66m redevelopment provided 250,000 sq ft of retail space and facilitated the £8m development and relocation of Blackburn Market. The Mall’s investment continues in the form of a £3.5m redevelopment of the Ainsworth Street side of the site.

 The Making Rooms

A new state of the art technology and manufacturing hub in Blackburn Town Centre, incorporating Lancashire’s first Fab Lab to be equipped with cutting edge equipment and small scale manufacturing machinery such as 3D printers.

Pennine Reach

A £40m major transport scheme aimed at improving the local bus network along the Accrington-Blackburn-Darwen corridor and linking in with the east-west and north-south railway lines. Includes the construction of Blackburn’s new bus station.

 Freckleton Street link road

Construction of the final phase of Blackburn Town Centre’s link road connecting Montague Street and the Wainwright Bridge, creating a gateway into the centre of Blackburn and opening up employment land for development.

  Blackburn Business Improvement District

A 5 year business-led and funded initiative aimed at attracting & supporting business in Blackburn Town Centre through creating a more attractive and safer town centre environment and increasing promotion of the town.

  Blackburn Sports and Leisure Centre

A £13.5m project between Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Blackburn College to improve the health and wellbeing of residents, students and visitors. The new facility includes a six-lane swimming pool, fitness gym, two sports halls and a health suite.

 Blackburn Youth Zone

The Zone is a state of the art facility offering cutting-edge equipment, resources, tailor made sports and arts programmes, along with extensive mentoring and personal support to turn around the opportunities and options available to young people within the borough.