pound Highbridge Hotel project is on track, says boss
multi-million pound redevelopment of the Highbridge Hotel is on
track, bosses behind the project have reassured residents this
week despite a lack of visible progress in recent weeks.
to Burnham-On-Sea.com, Martin Hodgson, Chief Executive of YMCA
Somerset, said the project is currently focused on how to rebuild
the new front façade of the building.
comes after several residents living close to the derelict hotel
site have contacted Burnham-On-Sea.com regarding the slow progress.
Hodgson said: "We have over this last month been working
up a plan to address how we manage the façade. This has
involved a series of meetings with Historic England, SDC and with
our design team and engineers."
the project we have been concerned as to the condition, foundations
and make up of the façade which appears to have been built
in three sections over the years, but whilst the unsafe structure
was there we were unable to access to dig trial pits to identify
upon what we would be building."
this phase we have salvaged bricks from the original structure
which are intended for use in the rebuilt façade, these
being of considerable age also throws up considerations."
this, I have been able to talk with and arrange to meet some of
the interested parties who would like to use the building as a
platform for their activities, this has been really exciting and
we would hope to be in a position to be able to hit the ground
running once the building is constructed."
we have the information required we are moving quickly to ensure
that we are able to get our contractor onto site and to commence
the works, however I am quick to remind people that whilst time
is moving on and it is frustrating to see a lack of movement on
site at this time, this building will be, once complete, ready
to face another 100 years plus and serve the people of Highbridge
are having to be patient in order to get it right, frustrating
as this is for the whole team and I am sure the community."