Building of a multi-million pound homes development behind Long Sutton’s Bull Hotel will begin around Easter.
Veteran developer Brian Cobb (72) will work alongside Korvin Developments in the project to build 39 apartments at the back of the hotel and, subject to planning consent, convert the hotel to boutique shops on the ground-floor with flats above.
Site clearance of back-to-back style houses is already completed and some of the materials will be retained for use as features in the new apartments development, which will be set in landscaped grounds and have off-street parking.
Sutterton-born Mr Cobb, who now lives in King’s Lynn, has been involved in building projects throughout the Midlands, as well as Boston and Spalding, for the whole of his working life and shows no sign of slowing up.
He said: “I still work seven days a week. It’s a disease, actually, the building trade is.”
Mr Cobb says he’s excited by the project and looking forward to construction, which will involve up to 30 workmen over the life of the scheme.
“It’s the sort of thing I like doing,” he said.
He will be on site daily to project manage the build and says 24 high specification apartments will be built over three-storeys to face Winfrey Park. Then work will start on 15 apartments over two storeys facing Bull Lane, followed by the hotel conversion.
“I think it will be two years before we get to the Bull,” said Mr Cobb.
A chance meeting with district and parish councillor Jack Tyrrell led to Brian being introduced to Jan Von Draczek, of Korvin Developments, who came up with plans to redevelop the Bull site more than a decade ago.
Mr Cobb said Jack and his brother did some building work for him some 35 years ago.