Our £9m redevelopment plan has been approved!

We’re delighted to receive the news that our planning application has been approved by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.

Operations Director, Caer Butler said: ‘We are delighted with the successful outcome of the approval for The Exchange’s whole building application. This momentous moment enables Re:Source Blackburn, the charity that owns The Exchange to move full steam ahead with our major grant funding applications to achieve our vision to bring this magnificent building back to life as a vibrant venue in Blackburn town centre.’

The scheme will transform the building, which opened in 1865, with community and work spaces and an upgraded cafe. The main storey will be restored and become an open-plan performance and exhibition and meeting space. A new mezzanine floor with a cafe/bar will be created while the 1920s block – used as back office space in the building’s days as the Apollo 5 cinema – will be refurbished with a roof terrace and bar. The existing imposing octagonal towered main entrance at the junction of King William Street, Exchange Street and Museum Street will be restored.

The council’s growth boss councillor Quesir Mahmood said: “I am really delighted to see this building brought back into use.

“It is iconic and historic.

“Everyone who visits the area comments on the magnificence of the building.”

His Conservative counterpart, Councillor Paul Marrow said: “This is one of the iconic buildings of the town centre opposite the town hall.

“This proposal is ideal and will bring it back to where it should be.”