Work to start on the Grand Hotel in Leigh this month

Southend Standard: Mick Norcross Mick Norcross

WORK to transform a derelict buiding in the heart of Leigh into a swanky boutique hotel and spa will begin this month.

The Only Way Is Essex star Mick Norcross has said builders will move in to the Grand Hotel in the Broadway by the end of January to begin the redevelopment of the iconic building.

Following a lengthy battle, Mr Norcross has secured all of the planning permissions needed to reopen the venue after a £4.5million revamp.

Speaking to the Echo, he said he couldn’t wait to get the work started to restore the building to its former glory.

He said: “We are still doing the paperwork but we hope to get kicked off certainly within the month. We are just finalising the last few bits and pieces.

“We are looking forward to the plans becoming reality - turning dreams into plans.”

Planning permission for a two-storey extension, with two extra bedrooms, given the go ahead in August last year.

Last month, he was given permission to add an extra storey to the extension which will take the number of rooms to 20.

The hotel will also have a bridal suite with Victorian-style furnishings including hardwood flooring and elaborate ceiling roses.

Mr Norcross said he was hopeful the work would be completed within 18 months.

He said: “We have got all the planning we need now for the extension, the spa, everything like that is in place.”

Leigh Town Council welcomed the news.

Chairman Carole Mulroney said: “The town council is very keen that the work should start, we had hoped it would be earlier but there were other things he was dealing with.

“We really look forward to it being restored. It can only enhance that end of the Broadway, the building has stood virtually derelict for several years now. It will hopefully draw people in from Leigh Road and the Broadway.”

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8:47am Mon 7 Jan 13

marshman says...

Iconic place The Grand and it's good it's survived. Saw loads of bands there once. Will the bar be open to the public or is it guests only?
Iconic place The Grand and it's good it's survived. Saw loads of bands there once. Will the bar be open to the public or is it guests only? marshman
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10:01am Mon 7 Jan 13

Stuartjk53 says...

Hope they have a Feelgood bar!
Hope they have a Feelgood bar! Stuartjk53
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10:39am Mon 7 Jan 13

asbo. just the truth says...

swanky or wanky?
swanky or wanky? asbo. just the truth
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3:57pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Fifties says...

Good luck to Mick, here's a local man looking to invest in our area and create jobs.
Good luck to Mick, here's a local man looking to invest in our area and create jobs. Fifties
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4:27pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Letmetryagain says...

Oh dear.... Deep joy :(
Oh dear.... Deep joy :( Letmetryagain
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4:30pm Mon 7 Jan 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

yeah wait till all the neighbours start complaining about noise, parking and stuff...the very same neighbours that where all for it.
a feelgood bar..? highly unlikely it will be all Fake tan, white teeth, breasts and poncy drinks....so you all in there.
yeah wait till all the neighbours start complaining about noise, parking and stuff...the very same neighbours that where all for it. a feelgood bar..? highly unlikely it will be all Fake tan, white teeth, breasts and poncy drinks....so you all in there. DogsMessInLeigh
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4:31pm Mon 7 Jan 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

'see you all in there'...should have a 1 minute edit facility here.
'see you all in there'...should have a 1 minute edit facility here. DogsMessInLeigh
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12:19am Tue 8 Jan 13

Broadwaywatch says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
yeah wait till all the neighbours start complaining about noise, parking and stuff...the very same neighbours that where all for it.
a feelgood bar..? highly unlikely it will be all Fake tan, white teeth, breasts and poncy drinks....so you all in there.
It was the neighbours who were not for it fearing a repeat of the Brentwood venue owned by Mr Norcross. Time will tell.
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: yeah wait till all the neighbours start complaining about noise, parking and stuff...the very same neighbours that where all for it. a feelgood bar..? highly unlikely it will be all Fake tan, white teeth, breasts and poncy drinks....so you all in there.[/p][/quote]It was the neighbours who were not for it fearing a repeat of the Brentwood venue owned by Mr Norcross. Time will tell. Broadwaywatch
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9:13am Tue 8 Jan 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Broadwaywatch wrote:
DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
yeah wait till all the neighbours start complaining about noise, parking and stuff...the very same neighbours that where all for it.
a feelgood bar..? highly unlikely it will be all Fake tan, white teeth, breasts and poncy drinks....so you all in there.
It was the neighbours who were not for it fearing a repeat of the Brentwood venue owned by Mr Norcross. Time will tell.
Sorry must have got that wrong then, the 'campaigners' that where blowing its trumpet where all local people, business and residents saying how great it will be blar blar blar.......agreed time will tell.
[quote][p][bold]Broadwaywatch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: yeah wait till all the neighbours start complaining about noise, parking and stuff...the very same neighbours that where all for it. a feelgood bar..? highly unlikely it will be all Fake tan, white teeth, breasts and poncy drinks....so you all in there.[/p][/quote]It was the neighbours who were not for it fearing a repeat of the Brentwood venue owned by Mr Norcross. Time will tell.[/p][/quote]Sorry must have got that wrong then, the 'campaigners' that where blowing its trumpet where all local people, business and residents saying how great it will be blar blar blar.......agreed time will tell. DogsMessInLeigh
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2:34pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Alan Jacobs says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
yeah wait till all the neighbours start complaining about noise, parking and stuff...the very same neighbours that where all for it.
a feelgood bar..? highly unlikely it will be all Fake tan, white teeth, breasts and poncy drinks....so you all in there.
Lovely , count me in , I'd love to see some young perky tits................
..
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: yeah wait till all the neighbours start complaining about noise, parking and stuff...the very same neighbours that where all for it. a feelgood bar..? highly unlikely it will be all Fake tan, white teeth, breasts and poncy drinks....so you all in there.[/p][/quote]Lovely , count me in , I'd love to see some young perky tits................ .. Alan Jacobs
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