Action finally starts on Leigh's Grand hotel, owned by Towie's Mick Norcross, but no major work just yet

Southend Standard: Mick Norcross outside the hotel earlier this year Mick Norcross outside the hotel earlier this year

BUILDERS moved onto the Grand hotel site in Leigh on Wednesday, raising hopes work was about to start.

However, those waiting to see the long anticipated plans to create a new boutique hotel and spa get underway will have to wait a little longer.

The workman were called in by the landlord to carry out roof repairs and other maintenance works.

Only when those have been done will Mick Norcross, a former star of reality television programme The Only Way is Essex, be able to begin his work.

Mr Norcross, 50, said: “That’s the landlord’s work, they will be there for a couple weeks doing some roof repairs which was part of the deal for me taking over.

“There was water getting into the building and it was being damaged.”

The landmark building will reopen as the Grand Boutique hotel complete with spa, restaurant, piano bar, 20 bedrooms and a bridal suite.

Mr Norcross said his work on the building should begin in the new year. He said: “We have a 12 month period in which the monitoring of subsidence on the site concludes and that is in February.

“It’s a big job and we expect that it will take 12 to 18 months after that before we will open.

“But I am absolutely committed otherwise I wouldn’t have invested the level that I have in it. It will be everything I’ve previously said it will be and more.”

Mr Norcross signed the lease to take over the building in September.

On Wednesday morning several vans marked as being from Brentwood building firm R Neck & Son turned up at the site and started their work.

Traders nearby welcomed the appearance of the workers, even though Mr Norcross’ plans haven’t yet begin.

Tony Dudley, manager of A Touch Too Wild eveningwear shop on The Broadway said: “It’s good if they’re starting work there, it has been empty for far too long.”

Glenn Cain, 65, manager of Mr Window, also on The Broadway, added: “It will be nice to have something in there at last.”

Jessica Broderick, 39, of Leighton Avenue, said: “I’d rather something was in there and it was used, but I am concerned about it having a late licence for alcohol.”

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6:12am Fri 29 Nov 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Started on the weeding, have they ?
Started on the weeding, have they ? Nowthatsworthknowing

7:08am Fri 29 Nov 13

whateverhappened says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Started on the weeding, have they ?
see louis xv111 is up for sale.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Started on the weeding, have they ?[/p][/quote]see louis xv111 is up for sale. whateverhappened

7:30am Fri 29 Nov 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

whateverhappened wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Started on the weeding, have they ?
see louis xv111 is up for sale.
Not surprised at that really.
[quote][p][bold]whateverhappened[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Started on the weeding, have they ?[/p][/quote]see louis xv111 is up for sale.[/p][/quote]Not surprised at that really. DogsMessInLeigh

9:27am Fri 29 Nov 13

Howard Cháse says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Started on the weeding, have they ?
The demolition crew has arrived ...
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Started on the weeding, have they ?[/p][/quote]The demolition crew has arrived ... Howard Cháse

9:28am Fri 29 Nov 13

Eric the Red says...

Former 'star' of reality programme The Only Way is Essex. Must have all the talent of a dead parrot.
Former 'star' of reality programme The Only Way is Essex. Must have all the talent of a dead parrot. Eric the Red

11:09am Fri 29 Nov 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Eric the Red wrote:
Former 'star' of reality programme The Only Way is Essex. Must have all the talent of a dead parrot.
Perlease, don't be offensive to dead parrots, they are Hollywood moguls, sat stuffed, on a Pirates shoulder.....
[quote][p][bold]Eric the Red[/bold] wrote: Former 'star' of reality programme The Only Way is Essex. Must have all the talent of a dead parrot.[/p][/quote]Perlease, don't be offensive to dead parrots, they are Hollywood moguls, sat stuffed, on a Pirates shoulder..... Nowthatsworthknowing

12:58pm Fri 29 Nov 13

stopmoaning1 says...

Echo, will you PLEASE end your obsession with TOWIE.
There is no need to mention it in this story and no need to tell us every time somebody who is or was involved in the programme want's to promote themselves.
Echo, will you PLEASE end your obsession with TOWIE. There is no need to mention it in this story and no need to tell us every time somebody who is or was involved in the programme want's to promote themselves. stopmoaning1

2:36pm Fri 29 Nov 13

Broadwaywatch says...

Have they got rid of the knotweed already??? That was the last excuse for delay in starting work.
Have they got rid of the knotweed already??? That was the last excuse for delay in starting work. Broadwaywatch

4:54pm Fri 29 Nov 13

Howard Cháse says...

Was only saying last week when another of the tiresome orange wallies in Essex flogged his Rayleigh club that we hadn't seen micky nobloss for a while....
Was only saying last week when another of the tiresome orange wallies in Essex flogged his Rayleigh club that we hadn't seen micky nobloss for a while.... Howard Cháse

5:08pm Fri 29 Nov 13

echoforum says...

Micky Nobloss..hate the face..and sick of The Grand...leave me alone
Micky Nobloss..hate the face..and sick of The Grand...leave me alone echoforum

5:34pm Fri 29 Nov 13

Howard Cháse says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Was only saying last week when another of the tiresome orange wallies in Essex flogged his Rayleigh club that we hadn't seen micky nobloss for a while....
Oops this predictive text and very touchy touchscreen smartphone will get me in proper lumber one day Mick Norcross ...

Realy should loom at what's co.e up rather than just blammi g away....
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Was only saying last week when another of the tiresome orange wallies in Essex flogged his Rayleigh club that we hadn't seen micky nobloss for a while....[/p][/quote]Oops this predictive text and very touchy touchscreen smartphone will get me in proper lumber one day Mick Norcross ... Realy should loom at what's co.e up rather than just blammi g away.... Howard Cháse

5:40pm Fri 29 Nov 13

jaguarxxv says...

whateverhappened wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Started on the weeding, have they ?
see louis xv111 is up for sale.
Louis XVIII ??

That's inflation for you - it used to be

Louis XIV
[quote][p][bold]whateverhappened[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Started on the weeding, have they ?[/p][/quote]see louis xv111 is up for sale.[/p][/quote]Louis XVIII ?? That's inflation for you - it used to be Louis XIV jaguarxxv

9:07am Sat 30 Nov 13

LoS1234 says...

Louis XIV isn't up for sale. I'm sure people fictionalise comments on here for the sake of a moan
Louis XIV isn't up for sale. I'm sure people fictionalise comments on here for the sake of a moan LoS1234

11:29am Sat 30 Nov 13

whateverhappened says...

LoS1234 wrote:
Louis XIV isn't up for sale. I'm sure people fictionalise comments on here for the sake of a moan
http://www.rightmove
.co.uk/commercial-pr
operty-for-sale/prop
erty-28678398.html
[quote][p][bold]LoS1234[/bold] wrote: Louis XIV isn't up for sale. I'm sure people fictionalise comments on here for the sake of a moan[/p][/quote]http://www.rightmove .co.uk/commercial-pr operty-for-sale/prop erty-28678398.html whateverhappened

4:24am Sun 1 Dec 13

LoS1234 says...

Advert is being removed. Things are on the up
- employee at Louis XIV
Advert is being removed. Things are on the up - employee at Louis XIV LoS1234

12:03pm Sun 1 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

whateverhappened wrote:
LoS1234 wrote:
Louis XIV isn't up for sale. I'm sure people fictionalise comments on here for the sake of a moan
http://www.rightmove

.co.uk/commercial-pr

operty-for-sale/prop

erty-28678398.html
l bet the employee was a bit stunned when they saw the for sale ad on here.
[quote][p][bold]whateverhappened[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LoS1234[/bold] wrote: Louis XIV isn't up for sale. I'm sure people fictionalise comments on here for the sake of a moan[/p][/quote]http://www.rightmove .co.uk/commercial-pr operty-for-sale/prop erty-28678398.html[/p][/quote]l bet the employee was a bit stunned when they saw the for sale ad on here. DogsMessInLeigh

1:33pm Sun 1 Dec 13

LoS1234 says...

No was fully aware of it
No was fully aware of it LoS1234

1:34pm Sun 1 Dec 13

LoS1234 says...

Nope. He was fully aware of it since it went on the market. It's only changing owners.
Nope. He was fully aware of it since it went on the market. It's only changing owners. LoS1234

10:04pm Sun 1 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

LoS1234 wrote:
Nope. He was fully aware of it since it went on the market. It's only changing owners.
just to clarify : so it was on the market then...and been sold, when something changes owners it usually means its been sold/passed on.
Thanks.
[quote][p][bold]LoS1234[/bold] wrote: Nope. He was fully aware of it since it went on the market. It's only changing owners.[/p][/quote]just to clarify : so it was on the market then...and been sold, when something changes owners it usually means its been sold/passed on. Thanks. DogsMessInLeigh

10:48pm Tue 3 Dec 13

LoS1234 says...

You got it
You got it LoS1234

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