Mick Norcross had been working on restoring an iconic Essex seaside hotel after his TOWIE fame.
The Sugar Hut nightclub owner was found dead at his home in Essex on Thursday at the age of 57.
Talented Mick had worked as a property developer with his company 460 Leisure Ltd on restoring the The Grand Hotel in Leigh-On-Sea in Essex.
Speaking to the Leigh Times in January last year, devoted grandfather Mick revealed that the restoration project was coming in more than £1m over budget.
He revealed: “There is still work to be done with the building of the five storeys and we have had a lot of steelwork to do on the foundations.”
Mick had also noted that the hotel chimneys had been deemed to be not safe enough to keep and new ones would be built.
“Nevertheless we are getting on with the work, but it will cost us over £1m above our original estimate,” Mick explained.
As a result, he revealed that the opening of the hotel would have to be delayed but it would eventually be a “big asset to the people of Leigh”.
By the time the Covid-19 pandemic had taken hold, hitting the hotel industry hard, Mick’s company was still encountering delays to opening.
A spokesperson for 460 Leisure Ltd told Essex Live : “The Grand has taken slightly longer to get to this stage than we initially anticipated, however, the completion of The Grand is not a race and we want to ensure that the development lives up to its name upon completion and truly is a ‘Grand Building’.
“As with any development we have encountered a few not unexpected delays along the way, but we as developers want to ensure that we do not leave anything to chance.
“The team that we have surrounding us are dedicated to this scheme with many of the contractors living locally in Leigh.”
They continued: “Whilst delays and additional works have an impact on costs, the head development company are currently developing more than £100million of property at this moment in time, the funds required to complete The Grand are readily available.”
At the time of the interview in April 2020, the developers estimated completion for the project in “circa 18 months”.
Mick was best known as the owner of the luxury Essex nightclub The Sugar Hut and for his appearances in The Only Way Is Essex.
Yet since leaving the show, Mick had also spent his final years with family and being a loving grandfather to Kirk’s children Harry and Violett.
In addition to his son Kirk, Mick was also a father to his other son Daniel.
Mick had also found love with former Sugar Hut Honey Samantha Keahey, who went on to be business administrator of the brand.
On Thursday, Mick Norcross was tragically found dead at his home in Essex.
Essex Police said in a statement: “We were called to an address in Brentwood Road, Bulphan shortly before 3.15pm on Thursday 21 January.
“Sadly, a man inside was pronounced dead. His death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”
A source told OK : “There were lots of ambulances outside [Mick’s] house.”
A formal cause of death has not yet been confirmed.
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