art unveiled at Highbridge Hotel as revamp is set to start
artwork has been unveiled around the the derelict Highbridge Hotel
as a £1.8million YMCA development is finally set to get
underway this month.
The long-awaited overhaul of the eyesore will see the hotel transformed
into 22 affordable flats for young people, as well as new sports
facilities for the community and a YMCA hub.
groups, including King Alfred School and Highbridge Children's
Centre Nursery, have decorated a series of panels that have been
installed outside the hotel to support the revamp.
hoardings have been designed by local community groups. These
hoardings will sit together to paint a picture of the aspirations
of a generation for Highbridge - it is our hope that we can then
use these designs alongside others within the building itself
once complete," said YMCA Somerset chief executive, Martin
Hodgson, pictured, this week.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com that the redevelopment is set to begin
shortly: "It is anticipated that activity on site will commence
following our next site meeting on 16th February."
initial stages will be the careful removal of the current scaffold
and the reinstatement of a new structure which allows access to
the building. This will then kick-start the rest of the development."
are currently undertaking the design development stage alongside
a detailed site survey."
added: "As to timescales, we continue to be on schedule and
look forward to good progress as the site begins to take shape."
project is due to be completed in the autumn of 2016. The building
has been derelict for over six years since a huge
blaze destroyed the Highbridge Hotel in April 2008 followed
by several other smaller blazes.
artwork created by Highbridge Children's Centre Nursery
Alfred School students designed this artwork at the site
YMCA outlines its plans for the development at the site