refurbishment of Burnham's Manor house starts next week
£250,000 refurbishment of a landmark building in Burnham-On-Sea
is set to begin next week, its new owner has told Burnham-On-Sea.com
we first reported in February,
Burnham's Watermark Financial Solutions took over the Manor House
in the town's Manor Gardens and the firm's owner, Mark Woods,
says he wants to restore the building to its former glory.
is to begin on the major refurbishment project on August 13th
and is due to finish by the end of the year.
news comes as graffiti has been daubed across several of the wooden
window boards at the front of the building, as pictured above.
Mark Woods told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "We are expecting
to start work on 13th August. Martin Pople Design and Build from
Burnham is the main contractor and the £250,000 project
will provide work for many local subcontractors and tradespeople."
are aiming for the project to be completed by the end of November
with a final fit in December and a planned move from our High
Street premises between Christmas and the New Year."
we are abundantly aware that these things rarely go to plan and
there are likely to be some hiccups and possible delays along
added: "We have already had a number of interested parties
that are thinking of renting or buying our High Street premises.
We will also have four separate refurbished serviced office suites
at the Manor House that we are also seeking to let and we have
had some interest in these too."
directors at Watermark have placed their own money into the project
and it is a huge risk for all of us, but we would like to take
this opportunity to thank the many well-wishers for their support
and we hope to make the Manor House and the Manor Gardens an environment
that the town's people will be proud of."
Manor House and gardens were sold to Burnham Urban District Council
in April 1904, then in 1974 Sedgemoor District Council took over
the building for offices. The house was sold in February 2000
to the Ashfield Trust, while the gardens remained in Sedgemoor's
hands. But when the Ashfield Trust moved out in 2010, the building
was put up for sale and was on sale until the start of 2012.
Top, the Manor House pictured this week and, above, owner Mark
Woods outside the building earlier this year