Pink Floyd's Gilmour to bulldoze 19th century house

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  • The couple are set to demolish the 122-year-old bathhouse which faces out across the English Channel
  • Councillors approved plans to demolish Medina House on the seafront in Hove, East Sussex
  • The old Victorian bathhouse first opened in 1894 offering women slipper baths and steam rooms

By

Giulia Crouch For Mailonline


Published:
04:49 EST, 9 March 2017

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Updated:
04:50 EST, 9 March 2017

Pink Floyd frontman Dave Gilmour and his wife Polly Sampson will bulldoze a 19th century Turkish bathhouse to make way for their five-bed home.

The couple are set to demolish the 122-year-old bathhouse which faces out across the English Channel.

The ‘Victorian gem’ of seaside architecture is to be razed to the ground to make way for a modern, luxury 15-room house.

Medina House in Hove, Sussex belonging to Pink Floyd's David Gimour and author Polly Samson
Medina House in Hove, Sussex belonging to Pink Floyd's David Gimour and author Polly Samson

Medina House in Hove, Sussex belonging to Pink Floyd’s David Gimour and author Polly Samson

The plans caused outrage when they were unveiled last year with protesters telling Gilmour: ‘It’s not just another brick in the wall.’

Echoing the famous Pink Floyd hit they pinned a message to the bricks reading: ‘We don’t need no demolition.’

But last night councillors approved plans to demolish Medina House on the seafront in Hove, East Sussex.

Brighton and Hove City Council planning chairwoman Julie Cattell delivered the casting vote to grant the plans after the committee was spilt with five members in favour and five against.

Planning permission was granted last night for a family home on the seafront site on the site of a Victorian swimming baths
Planning permission was granted last night for a family home on the seafront site on the site of a Victorian swimming baths

Planning permission was granted last night for a family home on the seafront site on the site of a Victorian swimming baths

The plans include a large open plan living, kitchen, dining room and hall, a study, library, snug, covered garden, gym and five bedrooms.

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Protester Mike Earl said: ‘It’s a total disgrace the rich and famous can waltz in waving their millions and take away a slice of what makes the British south coast so unique.

‘Medina House is part of our coastal heritage and the last surviving remnant of the King’s Esplanade. It’s a gem of Victorian architecture. It’s unusual and is a slice of history.’

The old Victorian bathhouse first opened in 1894 offering women slipper baths and steam rooms.

The slipper baths were opened for people with no baths at home and were designed to improve hygiene and sanitation.

It is the only surviving building from the famous King’s Esplanade in Hove and during the Second World War it saw service as a makeshift hospital.

The slipper baths were opened for people with no baths at home and were designed to improve hygiene and sanitation
The slipper baths were opened for people with no baths at home and were designed to improve hygiene and sanitation

The slipper baths were opened for people with no baths at home and were designed to improve hygiene and sanitation

From the 1940s to 1993 it was the home to a diamond cutters before lying empty and falling into disrepair.

Miss Samson bought the property in 2015 for a seven-figure fee from developer Sirus Taghan.

But plans caused fury among protesters who branded them ‘appalling and disrespectful.’

One group, ‘Save Hove from Property Tycoons’ pinned a message to the building wall reading: ‘We don’t need no demolition, we don’t need no thoughtless plans, no tall dark shadows across our windows. Leave Medina House Alone.

‘Hey Gilmour, leave our hood alone. All in all its just another betrayal of us all, to you its just another brick in the wall.’ 

But Save Hove’s Valerie Paynter, who spent years campaigning to preserve the site, said she was now almost happy with the plans, approved by Brighton and Hove councillors.

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She said: ‘It’s a beautiful design, I absolutely love it, and I didn’t want to lose the scheme if it went the other way and it was a refusal.’

 

 

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