Thomas Tucker work could start in April

PUBLISHED: 12:30 17 March 2017

The former Thomas Tucker building in Exmouth. Picture: Paul Strange.

The former Thomas Tucker building in Exmouth. Picture: Paul Strange.

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Renovation work on an iconic Exmouth town centre 'eyesore' could get under way by the end of next month, a developer has confirmed.

Earlier this month, the Journal reported that planning approval had been granted to convert the former Thomas Tucker building, in The Strand, into a new restaurant with flats above.

Now the developer, Ferriby Land, has confirmed that final drawings are being put together for the grade-II listed building before putting the construction work out for tender.

Martin Burgess, development partner of the project, said he was hoping to have work begin by the end of April.

He said: “We’re currently working on the drawings before we put the construction job out for tender.

“The planning approval has given us the certainty to the project and allows us to get all our ducks in a row.”

When completed, the main shop area will be converted into a new restaurant.

However, Mr Burgess told the Journal that no food outlet had been confirmed for the venue.

He added: “At this stage, we cannot talk about it and I cannot afford to compromise discussions that are ongoing.”

Planning approval also allows for the construction of five flats to be built on the first and second floors of the building, which has been closed since 2008.

The showroom in the St Andrew’s Road side of the building will also be demolished, with ground-floor parking built in its place and with two new flats above.

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