Hotel rebuild will finish in August 2019' pledges YMCA boss
Chief Executive of YMCA Somerset Coast has pledged that the long-awaited
redevelopment of the Highbridge Hotel site will be completed in
to town councillors on Monday evening (September 3rd) as building
work got underway at the hotel site, Martin Hodgson said: "I
am confident that the new building will appear before our eyes over
the next 11 months and become the new gateway to Highbridge. The
building work will be completed next August and the facilities will
open next September."
added: "It is a new chapter for the hotel and we want to engage
with the community to involve residents on how it is used. We'd
like to see the building used by all - it's been long enough in
and Highbridge Mayor Bill Hancock added: "It's fantastic to
see the building work starting at last."
we reported last week, Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council, Mike
Cresswell along with Arthur Leigh, Chair of YMCA Somerset Coast,
dug up the first sod to mark the start of work on the long awaited
pair were joined by representatives from Sedgemoor District council
and members of the construction team at John Perkins for the official
cutting of the sod ceremony.
former hotel was severely damaged by fire in 2008 and also in 2011
before YMCA took control of the site in 2014. The challenging project
will provide a community hub, café, sports hall and dedicated
meeting spaces alongside 23 homes for vulnerable young people.
the ceremony, Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council, Mike Cresswell
said, "This ceremony truly marks the end of the long wait.
I am thrilled that all teams have persevered with the project to
ensure that Highbridge can benefit from the housing and community
hub it so desperately needs."
Perkins, Contracts Director of John Perkins Construction, comments:
"It's fantastic to get such an important project officially
underway. We have a great team in place and we're ready and eager
to get started on transforming this unloved, derelict site into
a thriving community hub that will really benefit local people."
Executive of YMCA Somerset Coast, Martin Hodgson explained, "Although
challenging, this project is a true representation of why we do
what we do at YMCA Somerset Coast. Despite the hurdles, we endeavour
to transform the iconic site into an integral community hub for
all residents from the local community to benefit and enjoy."
site is being managed by John Perkins Construction, and is planned
to complete by August 2019.
(left to right): John Perkins (JP), Sedgemoor District Council (SDC),YMCA
Somerset Coast (YMCA), Rupert Perkins (JP), Paul Fooks (JP), Arthur
Leigh (YMCA), Councillor Mike Cresswell (SDC), Councillor Roger
Keen (SDC), Teresa Harvey (SDC), Councillor Janet Keen (SDC), Councillor
Bob Filmer (SDC), Hayden Pickett (JP), Councillor Andrew Gilling
(SDC), Harry Parsons (SDC), Councillor Derek Alder (SDC), Esther
Carter (SDC), Martin Hodgson (YMCA), Anthony Cooper (JP)