Grand Island Hotel set for demolition

COMING DOWN: Work to demolish the Grand Island Hotel to start this month

COMING DOWN: Work to demolish the Grand Island Hotel to start this month

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TWO of Ramsey’s best known landmarks will be consigned to the history books in the next few weeks as bulldozers are primed to move on to the sites of Albert Road School and the Grand Island Hotel on Bride Road.

The former Albert Road Junior School, which closed in July 2008 after 103 years, is being stripped out prior to demolition.

The entire process is expected to take about five weeks.

Meanwhile, the Department of Social Care and Ramsey Commissioners consider redevelopment of the site, which is likely to be for public sector housing.

While demolition is in progress, the regular Saturday morning Farmers’ Market has relocated from the school playground to the MER station car park.

Stallholders will return to Albert Road once demolition is complete.

The cleared area where the school once stood is to be used as a temporary public car park and, to this end, the commissioners are to submit a planning application for 65 parking spaces.

At the north end of the town, Seymar Developments Ltd, the company that owns of the Grand Island Hotel, has notified the Department of Infrastructure and Ramsey Commissioners of its intention to demolish the building, starting this month (March) with completion in April.

The Grand Island Hotel, which first opened in 1897 as the Ramsey Hydro, closed its doors for the last time in February 2009. A massive auction of fittings and fixtures followed some weeks later.

Seymar Developments, whose principal is millionaire racehorse owner Trevor Hemmings, of Andreas, intends replacing the hotel with a luxury development of three blocks comprising 68 flats.

The same company has planning approval for a brand new 30-bed hotel with restaurant and bar on land adjacent to Mooragh estate.

The developers say demolition spoil from the Grand Island Hotel may be used in construction of the new hotel.

Work on the new hotel is widely expected to start shortly.

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