12:55PM, Friday 30 October 2015
A four-storey home which was gutted by fire has risen from the ashes.
Property developer Alan Bussey saw his Grade II-listed home in Park Street destroyed after a massive blaze ripped through it in May 2013.
The fire was the town’s biggest blaze since Windsor Castle went up in flames in November 1992, and saw more than 80 firefighters tackle the fire.
Alan had been restoring the property, which used to be an old set of offices, when the fire struck.
Police launched an investigation but the cause was never officially identified, although electrical issues were ruled out.
Now, after more than two years of hard graft, the five-bedroom Georgian townhouse has finally been listed on the property market.
Alan, owner of Hogarth Developments, said: “I remember driving through the Great Park and I saw the fire and it just lit up the sky.
“It was soul destroying to see it go up in smoke.”
He told the Express that parts of the restoration project had been ‘demoralising’ but he was determined to finish the work he had started.
“My ambition was to replace this building as though the fire never happened,” he added.
“You never think you’re coming to the end but once you’ve started on a journey like this you’ve got to do it right.”
The restoration of 9 Park Street included finding 52,000 Imperial bricks to match the original brickwork.
The house also now boasts a master bedroom accompanied by a walk-in wardrobe and ‘his and hers’ walk-in shower.
Views of Windsor Castle and The Long Walk are also offered from the top floors.
The 71-year-old, who lives in Maidens Green, said his intention had been to live in the house with his wife Sue but it was too big for the two of them.
The property is being marketed by Savills Estate Agents for £5.5m.
Visit 9parkstreet.com for details.
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