is signed to start long-awaited £1.8m overhaul of Highbridge
contract is being signed today (Friday) that will finally allow
the start of the long-awaited redevelopment of the eyesore Highbridge
Hodgson, the Chief Executive of the YMCA in Somerset, right,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The final legal agreement for the
redevelopment is being completed this week after a lengthy procurement
had a closely-run competition to find a contractor to develop
the site and I'm delighted that we have now selected one and we'll
now be able to rest over the Christmas period knowing that we
can start the project in earnest in the new year."
added: "It has been a long process. I had hoped we'd be further
forward by now, but this is a high profile scheme and I wanted
to do it right and spend a little extra time on the due diligence."
for the timescales of the project, he said: "The redevelopment
of the site will be completed by April 2016."
fire-damaged hotel building will be redeveloped into a modern
building, as pictured here, with 2 studio flats, 5 4-bed
flats and new accommodation for the YMCA with public access community
sports facilities and a cafe.
this year, we revealed that the YMCA had been successful in securing
£1.1m of funding from the government's Homes and Community
Agency towards the overall £1.8m cost of redeveloping the
Hotel has been derelict for over six year since a huge
blaze destroyed much of it in April 2008 followed by several
other smaller blazes. Negotiations about its future have been
ongoing ever since.
construction of 59 new homes on the old cattle market site next
to the hotel is continuing. Sedgemoor District Council gave a
grant worth £1,481,000 from its New Homes Bonus Fund to
Knightstone Housing Association to enable the construction of
those homes, which are due to be completed in 2015.