owner moves in at Burnham's Manor House after £330k revamp
to give Burnham-On-Sea's historic Manor House a £330,000
refurbishment is nearing completion and its new owner has moved
in this week.
Watermark Financial Solutions bought
the building last year and has given it a complete revamp,
allowing it to move from its smaller premises in the High Street
to the new building in the Manor Gardens.
Mark Woods, pictured outside the building this week, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We're absolutely delighted to have moved in after 18 months
of renovation work."
is still some work left to do, but the bulk of the changes are
complete and we now have fantastic open-plan offices that are
modern and fully equipped."
team of 16 staff were cramped into the old offices in the High
Street but now we have room to grow and expand."
says the overall project's costs have risen to £330,000
from the original £250,000 after a number of setbacks along
project has cost more than first expected, but we are really pleased
with the end result and I hope that we've created a building that
the town can be proud of."
are conscious that many hundreds of thousands of motorists pass
this building every year on their way into Burnham and while travelling
out to Brean and Berrow. The run-down building that was here before
is now a modern, bright and welcoming property."
addition to new offices for Watermark Financial Solutions, the
building also now boasts four office suites to sub-let.
added that security has been beefed up at the property and the
surrounding gardens with new CCTV cameras in use monitoring the
area. Back in January, the building was attacked by vandals who
caused damage, as reported here.
building was built in 1841 and was originally the home of well-known
Burnham resident George Reed. The Manor House and gardens were
sold to Burnham Urban District Council in April 1904 and in 1974
Sedgemoor District Council took over the building for offices.
house was later 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. It
was sold to Mr Woods in 2012.
new reception area inside the Manor House is modern and spacious
spacious offices inside have plenty of daylight pouring inside
the building looks now as the re-development work comes to an
the run-down building looked before the work started last year