town's Marine Cove restoration project enters administration
Burnham-On-Sea's £360,000 Marine Cove gardens restoration
project has been thrown into chaos after the main building contractor
overseeing the work went into administration.
District Council confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com on Monday that
the building company St Blaise has called in administrators.
Harley Cook, Sedgemoor's parks and open spaces officer, told
us: "Unfortunately, St Blaise has been unable to complete
the Marine Cove project after entering into administration."
"It's very unfortunate because the whole project was around
90% complete, with just a few finishing jobs."
He admitted: "The news may well delay the opening of the
park by a couple of months. We don't have a new date yet, which
is of course incredibly disappointing for all involved."
posters informing passers-by about the delay to the project -
first reported here
earlier this month - have had the words 'bankrupt project' scrawled
over them, but Mr Cook said the project will still be completed.
£360,000 refurbishment project - which is being part-funded
with £344,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund - includes
new paving, landscaping, walls, fencing, lighting, seating and
water features at the gardens, however the steal gates around
the site will remain in place until an opening can be announced.
St Blaise, which is based in Dorset, specialises in the repair
and conservation of historic buildings.