Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone
Blackpool Enterprise Zone is a 144 hectare site incorporating the existing Category 3 airport (which can be extended to Category 6) and surrounding commercial areas just a stone’s throw from the Irish Sea in Blackpool, Lancashire. One of the airfield’s important uses is in helicopter transportation to key energy generation sites in the Irish Sea.
Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone
Sector focus: Aviation, Energy & Advanced Manufacturing
Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone is a 144 hectare site incorporating the existing Category 3 airport (which can be extended to Category 6) and surrounding commercial areas just a stone’s throw from the Irish Sea in Blackpool, Lancashire. One of the airfield’s important uses is in helicopter transportation to key energy generation sites in the Irish Sea. The site already hosts a range of commercial premises, allowing businesses to move on-site in a short time frame, but also includes a range of development plots and redevelopment opportunities across numerous ownerships, encouraging competitive pricing. Target sectors include the energy industry, advanced engineering and manufacturing sector, food and drink manufacturing, and the digital and creative sectors. Companies operating outside these sectors are welcome to discuss options for investment.
Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone offers flexible opportunities for a range of unit sizes (B1, B2, B8) in the energy industry, advanced engineering and manufacturing, food and drink manufacturing and the digital and creative sectors to meet the needs of business from small offices, research & development facilities to large industrial units, including:
The UK is a world leader in offshore wind and Britain’s Energy Coast contains 11.5% of the UK’s wind power sites and has capacity to generate 24% of the wind power in the UK. There is also huge potential for tidal energy generation from Morecambe Bay and together with onshore oil and gas exploration, production and distribution both nuclear and offshore wind generation have capacity to continue developing to create further opportunities for the region.
There are 41,000 workers in the energy and environment sector in Lancashire
The Lancashire Energy HQ, one of the flagship developments on the Enterprise Zone, will act as a training base for the national energy sector.
Blackpool Airport (category 3 airport / can be extended to category 6) offers helicopter and private flights, bespoke aviation solutions and other commercial airside activities.
Nuclear Energy Sector
The Lancashire Energy HQ includes the sector’s largest nuclear and renewables simulator and together with supply chain companies, including Westinghouse Springfields Nuclear Fuels, Lancashire is at the forefront of the Nuclear sector.
Emerging Energy Markets
The Enterprise Zone and Lancashire Energy HQ will be key locations for the development and logistical support of England's emerging energy markets, with the future potential to attract National and International investment in both offshore and onshore oil and gas exploration, production and distribution.
Blackpool Airport is now owned by Blackpool Council, which heralds a positive new dawn for the airport ensuring that it will continue to operate as an important hub that will benefit the whole region. Blackpool Airport is a key part of the local economy and as sole owner Blackpool Council will ensure that it can continue to be used as an aviation and employment hub for the Fylde coast for the long term. The airport continues to play a key role in making the Enterprise Zone one of the most successful in the country. Helicopter and other commercial airside activities continue whilst building on these to deliver the overall objective of creating up to 3,000 new jobs on the Enterprise Zone site.
Potential opportunities and enquiries from private companies with aviation interests to invest in the Airport so that it can grow in the future are welcomed, whilst a full business plan exploring the potential future for the airport is being developed in accordance with the strategic masterplan for the Enterprise Zone and airport.