unveiled to give Highbridge's George Hotel new lease of life
future of the former George Hotel in Highbridge has been secured
as proposals for a major new commercial development are unveiled
prominent building in Church Street and the derelict tattoo studio
next door look set to be turned into a new furniture business, creating
new jobs and bringing welcome new investment to the town centre.
and Emily Scott from Burnham-On-Sea have acquired the former hotel
to create a new store in the centre of Highbridge with the financial
backing of Emilys family. Their planning application is due
to be submitted to Sedgemoor District Council this week.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Highbridge has been through tough
times recently and the partly boarded Tattoo Studio in such a prominent
location has done little to help this. Im really excited about
the possibility of restoring some of the heritage of these two buildings
and creating a destination store of which Highbridge can be proud."
Duck Architecture Design has been appointed to design the remodelled
building. Lawrence specialises in high quality creative alterations
to existing buildings, from renovations and barn conversions to
smaller scale alterations and extensions.
added: "We hope to restore as many original features as possible,
while weatherproofing and restoring the building, and bringing it
up to modern standards."
new glazed entrance will lead customers from the car park into a
modern central hub which will join the two buildings, a grand staircase
will lead to the upper floor and a cafe."
work is expected to take between one and two years.
has seven years experience in the furniture industry, having previously
worked alongside his father Tony Scott at Scotts Home Furnishers
in Burnham-On-Sea before Tony sold his interest in the business
in the summer of 2015.
is well respected in the industry and was the first person in the
graduate from the Sleep Council Sales Academy in November 2014.
Emily is a reader-in-training at the nearby St. Andrews Church
in Burnham and currently works as a care support worker for adults
with learning disabilities.
couple met whilst both volunteering and they continue to be involved
in a number of events, projects and organisations.
new furniture shop will be called 'Sopha', which is thought to be
the original Parisian spelling of the commonly used term Sofa.
Specialising in craftsman-made sofas, mattresses and homeware, Sopha
hopes to create a new furniture store for those who put quality
and longevity first," added Matt.
example, Sopha is currently working with a family run bed manufacturer
who hand-make each of their mattresses using wool from their own
flock of sheep and fillings grown on their Yorkshire farm."
added: "I feel it's really important that we know where the
products we sell come from and how they are produced. It is important
to make sure our products are not only beautifully crafted but also
that they perform well throughout their lifetime."
George Hotel closed earlier this year and is understood to have
been built around 1775 as a Coaching Inn. The shop next door has
lain empty for a number of years, having previously been a newsagent
and will be remembered by many locally as the factory shops of the
former Bacon Factory and Creamery which were once major employers