Demolition creates temporary sea view

GOING, going . . . gone!One of Felixstowe's most prominent clifftop homes has been demolished, creating a fantastic new sea view for some residents.

GOING, going . . . gone!

One of Felixstowe's most prominent clifftop homes has been demolished, creating a fantastic new sea view for some residents.

It's only temporary, though.

The Edwardian five-bed house The Mount on Bull Cliff at the end of Garfield Road is being replaced with an extension to the Coniston retirement home next door, providing the home with 46 extra bedrooms.

Demolition work took a week and parts of the remains, including many of the bricks, have been salvaged and will be sold off to be used in repairs on period houses.

Planners had originally wanted to save The Mount, claiming it was a local landmark, it was part of the irreplaceable Edwardian character of Felixstowe and its loss would erode the town's heritage.

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It was designed by one of the resort's key early 20th century architects, Henry Buxton, who built more than 50 other buildings in the town, including Cliff House.

But an engineer's report showed the building was falling apart and only major work to it and the cliff would save it.

Colin Bentley and John Smith bought the disused old house for £500,000. The survey revealed that £400,000 needs to be spent to stabilise it and make it safe and habitable, and even more would be needed to adapt it for a new use.

Mr Bentley and Mr Smith own the Coniston next door and say their development proposals will involve stabilising and strengthening the cliff.

Mr Smith said the stepped development would not be as tall as The Mount so no other property's sea views would be lost. The road surface would be made up.

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