marks start of multi-million pound Highbridge Hotel rebuild
formal ground-cutting ceremony has been held this week to mark the
start of the long-awaited multi-million pound redevelopment of the
Highbridge Hotel site.
here, YMCA Somerset Coast has awarded the building contract
for the new Highbridge Hotel replacement building to John Perkins
week, representatives from the YMCA, Sedgemoor District Council
and the various organisations involved with the project gathered
for the ground breaking ceremony, as pictured here.
Bob Filmer said it was great to see the project underway, adding:
"This will be a tremendous asset for Highbridge and the surrounding
area. It will make a big difference at the entrance to Highbridge.
It's a town on the way back up."
redeveloped building will provide a community hub, café and
sports hall alongside 23 homes for vulnerable young people.
District Council Chairman welcomed the start of the long-awaited
building project, saying it was "a new start to this landmark
Pearce, YMCA Somerset Coast Director of Housing, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The renovated building will offer opportunity for the community,
and young people."
is so exciting to be working with our local authority partners to
deliver a much needed resource to the community."
original hotel was ravaged by fire in 2008 and 2011, and the YMCA
took over the site in 2014. The work started, but due to the condition
and listed nature of the building it took considerable time to get
to a stage where the build can begin.
Perkins, Contracts Director of John Perkins Construction, said:
"Were thrilled to be getting involved with such an exciting
redevelopment, which will have a transformative effect on an area
that really deserves investment."
recent experience of working with YMCA Bristol on the award-winning
Bristol Wing renovation was an extremely positive one, and were
pleased to be building new relationships with YMCA Somerset Coast
on the Highbridge Hotel project."
finished, this community hub promises to help local people for years
to come, and were proud to contribute to this great legacy."
portfolio holder for housing, Councillor Andrew Gilling, added:
"I am very pleased that the project is moving into its final
have been quite a few hiccups over the past ten years, but now that
the construction contractor has been appointed to complete the community
hub, café and sports hall as well as the follow on
accommodation, I am very much looking forward to seeing the end
project is being funded by the YMCA, Sedgemoor District Council,
and Homes England.
historians say the hotel was likely founded in the late 18th century
and it has been a landmark at the entry to the town for years, as