New Highbridge Hotel redevelopment scheme set to go ahead
long-awaited redevelopment of the Highbridge Hotel site is finally
set to begin later this year, the owners have announced this week
after submitting a brand new planning application.
Somerset Coast, the owner of the site since 2014, has submitted
an application to demolish the remaining elements of the building,
with a 'firm commitment' to rebuild the façade in the style
of the hotel prior to a huge
fire in 2008.
YMCA told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week it wants the new building
to be "an impressive gateway to Highbridge once again."
YMCA wants to create 'an innovative community hub alongside 22 units
of affordable supported housing' at the site in a modern building,
as pictured above.
spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Having removed the scaffold
and replaced with new, it became very clear that the shell of the
building was too unsafe to remain and presented a significant risk
of collapse, thus preventing any further investigation into the
a result of this, and with advice from Sedgemoor District Council,
the rear elevation and the front first-floor elevations were dismantled
by hand, with the bricks conserved, cleaned and stored on site."
then allowed a further investigation into the foundations for the
building and the methods of construction in the remaining façade."
investigations uncovered little or no footings in parts, and that
the building itself had been constructed in three parts, with again
little evidence of the structural stability of these parts."
this end we met on site with Historic England to discuss possible
solutions, including underpinning the remaining elements and possible
full dismantling of the remaining."
to these discussions and work with our architects and structural
surveyors we identified that the costs of underpinning the remaining,
would be extremely prohibitive and present significant challenges
to the rebuild process."
a result of this, YMCA Somerset Coast have submitted an application
to demolish the remaining element, with a firm commitment as in
the accepted planning approval to rebuild the façade in the
style of the Hotel prior to the fire, so as the gateway to Highbridge
can once again be impressive."
is anticipated that the bricks removed by hand will be used as part
of this redevelopment."
delays have caused considerable costs to the YMCA, and frustration
to our partners, however we feel that we are approaching this in
the correct manner, and look forward to seeing the once great building
emerging from the site in the later part of this year."
to the application we are about to commence on a competitive tendering
exercise for the build and would hope to be in a position to award
the contract in September, with activity commencing on the site
shortly after and a completion date in December 2018."
Jones, YMCA Somerset Coast Sedgemoor Director, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
'It has taken a long time to get to this point, however it is important
that we approach the project in detail and with sensitivity, the
team and I are excited and very much looking forward to working
further in the community of Highbridge we are sure the Hotel will
be an excellent resource for everybody."
added that the YMCA would like to thank all those who have been
supporting them during this challenging period, and would also encourage
those who may wish to be involved to get in touch using firstname.lastname@example.org.
the building looked until it was partially demolished last year