Published: October 15, 2012
Plans for £250,000 overhaul of Burnham's Manor House go on show

Plans to give Burnham-On-Sea's historic Manor House a £250,000 makeover will go on show to the public this week.

Burnham-based Watermark Financial Solutions took over the building earlier this year and work is currently underway on a major refurbishment of the property, as pictured above.

Owner Mark Woods says he is keen to ensure residents are fully involved in the revamp of the prominent building and the plans will go on show this Thursday.

He told "We understand that the people of Burnham want to see the building occupied and looking fantastic and it is our intention to deliver that."

"Our intention is to improve and modernise the ugly 1960s extension to the building and also to tie it into the original house better."

"Paper copies of the plans will be available for the public to view at our High Street offices this Thursday, 18th October, between 1pm-5pm when a director will be there to discuss the plans and take feedback."

He says is keen to go ahead with a modernisation of the 1960's extension by removing the tiles on the walls and having full length windows instead.

"The bay window on the extension is structurally unsound and is to be rebuilt with a false gable added to tie in the new part of the house more with the old."

"The bay window on the old part of the house has had to be pulled down because it was unsafe and crumbling with no foundations."

"This is to be rebuilt but the red tiles on the lower roof and the lead roof on the first floor of the bay are to be replaced with grey slate to tie it in to the main roof of the building."

The 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. However, when the Ashfield Trust moved out in 2010, the building was put up for sale and it was not sold until early this year.

Plans for the new look property and, below, how it looks now


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