Just another brick in the wall: Neighbours blast Pink Floyd legend Dave Gilmour as ‘irresponsible and entitled’ as builders continue to work on his £2.5million seafront home despite lockdown
- The rock star has been branded ‘irresponsible and entitled’ by his neighbours
- The team of builders is putting the finishing touches to the property in Hove
- Gilmour and his wife Polly Samson set to move into the new home later this year
Neighbours have blasted Pink Floyd legend Dave Gilmour after it emerged builders are still working on his new £2.5million luxury villa.
The rock star has been branded ‘irresponsible and entitled’ as the team of builders put the finishing touches to the lavish seafront property which is set to become his new family home in Hove, East Sussex.
Gilmour, who is worth an estimated £140m, and his novelist wife Polly Samson, who live just a few doors away, are set to move into the new home later this year.
But they have decamped with their family to their second home – a country estate in Billingshurst – while the builders finish their work.
The exterior of the existing seafront home (pictured far right) and new house (pictured far left) far left with scaffolding
A builder carries a large beam into the property that Gilmour and his wife are expected to move into in the summer
The Pink Floyd guitarist bought the former 19th century Turkish bathhouse with his wife, the novelist Polly Samson, in 2015
One neighbour said: ‘I think it’s ridiculous that builders are still working on the property when other building projects across the country have come to a halt. It seems to be one rule for the rich and another rule for us.’
Another Hove resident said: ‘It’s completely irresponsible and highlights the divide between the entitlement of those with and those without.
‘Some people don’t realise that we all have to change our ways to stop this virus.
‘Compelling builders to carry on working on his seafront mansion is highly irresponsible and many of his fans will be shocked.’
In 2018 the rock star’s plans for the property caused protests from a group called ‘Save Hove from Property Tycoons’.
Gilmour, who is worth an estimated £140m, and his novelist wife Polly Samson, are set to move into the new home later this year
Local penned chants to match lyrics from the 1979 Pink Floyd hit: Another Brick in the Wall replacing it with:
‘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 it’s just another betrayal of us all. To you it’s just another brick in the wall.’
The work is being carried out by builders from Size Group which specialises in high quality residential homes.
The Pink Floyd guitarist bought the former 19th century Turkish bathhouse with his wife, the novelist Polly Samson, in 2015.
The couple had the original building demolished last year and a new building which aims to capture the spirit of the original has been built.
A builder at the Hove property carrying a large piece of wood. In 2018 the rock star’s plans for the property caused protests from a group called ‘Save Hove from Property Tycoons’
Builders continue at a pace at the property on Hove seafront which will be David Gilmour’s new home when finished this summer
The original Medina House dates from 1894, and formerly housed a laundry and women’s slipper baths.
The couple’s new luxury home has five bedrooms, a study, library, a gym and a courtyard garden.
Once complete, the house is expected to be one of the most valuable properties in the city and also one of the most spectacular.
Gilmour played an integral role in Pink Floyd after he joined the band and subsequently became the band’s co-leader with Roger Waters after Syd Barrett departed.
He helped to create some of the most influential rock records of all time, including Dark Side Of The Moon, The Wall and Wish You Were Here.