63 Somerford Road

You may be familiar with the derelict office building next to the car wash, at 63, Somerford Road. It has been like that for some years, as you can see from the pictures below.

Somerford Road Christchurch
View from the road. Click for a larger image
Somerford road, Christchurch
View from the back. Click for a larger image
Somerford Road Christchurch
Finally, a picture after I sneaked inside!
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Now, at last, it is to be developed. On the ground floor will be a vets and pet store, and above will be a gym. Bestminster Ltd had originally been granted permission for the animal facilities in September. Recently approval was also granted for the gym. For information, the plans are below.

The plans. Click to go to the council website to see the documentation.

Update, 4 March

Going, Going, Soon to be Gone.

This morning I passed the building and was surprised to see how much has been done. Unfortunately the wooden hoardings are priominent, and I could not get nearer, or climb them, for a better view. Ah well …

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Update, 11 July

A Complete Transformation

Coming to this page for for the first time in months today, I was a little wistful when I saw the earliest pictures, at the top of the page. However, this does look impressive. I am sure there is still a lot to do, but it will be very smart indeed when it is completed. Must say, it appears taller than I expected.

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17 July

It looks Really Impressive

Today there was a big traffic jam on Somerford Road because of a road works near this building. I was surprised to see how much has been done in just a few days, and it was good to see advertising of the various pet-based facilities which will be there. Quite a transformation – scroll up to see.

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6 August

It Is Finished …

… and it is open. Click here to go to their website.

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