Pictures & video: Ilfracombe Wetherspoon work under way
17:13 02 October 2013
Machines move in to level the ground before concrete pilings and a steel building frame go up in the coming weeks.
WORK is now under way to put Ilfracombe among some 200 communities received a new JD Wetherspoon pub in the past two years.
Contractor Sanderson Limited is now on the former Collingwood Hotel site at the seafront preparing the foundations for the £4million Wetherspoon pub and restaurant.
Site manager John Johnson of Sanderson explained Bideford based Notts Ltd was currently working to level the ground before some 80 concrete piles are driven into the ground to form the base of the new pub.
He said a two storey steel frame construction would be going up at the end of November and the roof was expected to be in place by mid December.
Weather permitting, it is anticipated the modern glass and steel building with a glass dome, beer garden and sea view roof terrace will be open for business at Easter.
“I think this will be a good addition to this area – it will be a fantastic building,” Mr Johnson told the North Devon Gazette.
“In a month you will see a massive difference on the site here. It will be a self-contained site and there won’t be a great deal of traffic in and out. At the busiest point there will be 30-plus people working on site.
“We have done about 200 Wetherspoons on the last couple of years, so we know exactly what the requirements are.”
Specialists will be sub-contracted to do the piling, steel and brickwork on the site.
A design statement for the Ilfracombe Wetherspoon says the building will have ‘clean lines, a crisp and bold aesthetic and eye-catching design’.
There will be dining and drinking facilities inside and out, with ‘wow’ factors such as feature fireplaces and sculptures, as well as artwork by local artists.
It is estimated it could create up to 70 new jobs.
It has been a long time coming, with a very lengthy planning process, including dropping earlier plans to build a hotel on the site, part of previous proposals submitted in 2011.