continue over long-awaited £1.8m revamp of Highbridge Hotel
seven-year wait for the £1.8million redevelopment of the
'eyesore' Highbridge Hotel site is set to continue with talks
ongoing between the YMCA and its contractors.
The long-awaited overhaul of the fire-ravaged building will see
it transformed into a modern premises with 22 affordable flats
for young people as well as new community sports facilities.
YMCA Somerset Chief Executive Martin Hodgson, pictured,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "All concerned are working hard
to resolve the contractors proposals, but the risks involved
are considerable and a false-start will not only disappoint, but
would lead to delays during the construction period and a delayed
completion date, and a significant exposure to increased costs
to the YMCA."
added: "The works will commence when we are satisfied that
the contractors proposals are compliant with the most immediate
health and safety concerns with regard to the retention of the
façade, and that those proposals satisfy the statutory
obligations laid down by SDC as the Local Planning Authority."
redevelopment work was initially set to begin in February with
the project due to be fully completed in the autumn of 2016.
has been derelict for over seven years since a huge
blaze destroyed the Highbridge Hotel in April 2008 followed
by several other smaller blazes.
YMCA has outlined its plans for the development of the site on
the hoardings of the hotel, pictured here