Highbridge Hotel redevelopment contract awarded
PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 August 2018
Redevelopment of the Highbridge Hotel after ‘10 years of hiccups’ is set to be underway imminently after a construction contract was signed.
YMCA Somerset Coast, which wants to build a community hub, café, sports hall and 23 homes for vulnerable young people at the hotel site, in Huntspill Road, gave the contract to John Perkins Construction (JPC).
The YMCA made the decision to go with JPC after ‘months of hard work and challenges’ and said the plans had been on hold due to the nature of owning a listed building.
Portfolio holder for housing, councillor Andrew Gilling, said: “I am very pleased the project is moving into its final phase.
“There have been quite a few hiccups in the past 10 years, but now a construction contractor has been appointed to complete the hub, café, sports hall and the building’s follow on accommodation, I am very much looking forward to seeing the end result.”
The former hotel was severely damaged by fire in 2008 and also in 2011 and Somerset’s YMCA charity took control of the site in 2014.
The late-18th century building was a landmark in the town for more than 100 years and the charity partially demolished the hotel in 2016 due to its unsafe structure.
YMCA Somerset Coast director of housing, Andrew Pearce, said: “The renovated building will offer opportunity for the community and its young people and it is exciting to be working with our authority partners to deliver a much needed resource in Highbridge.”
The winning contractor for the Highbridge Hotel also worked with YMCA Bristol on the restoration of The Bristol Wing, in Bridewell Street, which opened in February of this year.
Rupert Perkins, contracts director of John Perkins Construction, said: “We’re really pleased to be building new relationships with YMCA Somerset Coast on the Highbridge Hotel project and we’re thrilled to be getting involved with such an exciting redevelopment.
“The build will have a transformative effect on an area which really deserves investment.
“Once finished, this community hub promises to help local people for years to come, and we’re proud to contribute to this great legacy.”