A FORMER Burton landmark has been transformed into nine flats – seven years after it closed.
Tim Haywood, of Dealmead Ltd, in Burton Road, Midway, has been busy gutting the original Swan Inn, in Burton Bridge, since being given approval in 2012, and is now putting the finishing touches to his work.
Today, he allowed the Mail to take a look around the new-look building with each flat boasting its own kitchen and bathroom.
Two further flats have been created with a separate building in the car park, and a further three flats following close behind.
Anthony Rice, director at Urban Designs, the architects on the project, said: “We believe the building was owned by the Orton and Spooner family who had leisure boats on the river – it is quite an historical building.”
He described the first time he set foot in the pub a while after it closed in 2007 and said all the metal and the bar had been ripped out, while squatters had to be evicted from the upstairs bedroom.
Now, Dealmead has created four storeys, building flats in the original cellar, as well as lowering the double ceiling of the original ballroom, and building into the roofspace.
The popular pub and hotel closed in 2007 after falling into decline and has been empty ever since. Its iconic Bass sign was soon taken down and it has become victim to vandalism and theft, with windows being broken, metal pipes and wiring being stripped.
Mr Rice added: “Urban Designs are proud to have been involved in bringing this landmark building within the town back into use.
”It is a credit to Dealmead who were prepared to undertake this project, which will help secure the future of this building.”
Brian Haywood, who is also involved in the project, said it was the work of MP Andrew Griffiths which ensured gas was supplied to the building on time.