Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 4°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Ipswich: Iconic building to be given bold new look

06:00 17 March 2012

Electric House in Lloyds Avenue, Ipswich, is set for a major facelift.

Electric House in Lloyds Avenue, Ipswich, is set for a major facelift.

Archant

PLANS to refurbish a prominent Ipswich landmark and clad it with illuminated glass panels look set to be approved.

shares

Electric House could be given a major facelift if planning officials agree with the bold new proposals at a meeting next week.

Owners Corindale Properties Ltd wants to convert the site, in Crown Street, into a mixed-use property with 13 flats and retail space on the ground floor and basement.

The plans have been submitted by local architects Barefoot & Gilles, which hopes to have a decision from the planning and development committee when it meets on Wednesday.

A statement submitted with the application says: “Not only will the glazed cladding system offer a more unified and attractive appearance when viewing the building from the east, it also offers opportunities to provide an interesting and modern element that contrasts with the period style of the existing building. This element will provide the building with a new external stamp that reflects the ‘modern’ internal alterations.

“The proposed glazing will add further interest to the building through the possibility of using light fittings behind the sandblasted glass. These fittings can illuminate the entire glazed element providing a visually striking feature.”

The proposals include a roof terrace and would see the first, second and third floors will be stripped back to the bare structure and each floor reconfigured to create individual residential units. Electric House is not listed and is not in a conservation area. In late 2010 the owners were given permission to replace the existing building with a new structure, offering a “more flexible” floor plan.

The new plans supersede those proposals, which were approved by the Borough.

Formerly home to Orwell Radio and Ashton Graham solicitors, the main structure has largely stood empty. The retail space was most recently filled by the Futon Company, which recently shut up shop.

shares

1 comment

  • It sounds lovely but will probably end up as a beautiful but empty building to add to the collection of empty buildings that ipswich already has!!

    Report this comment

    MZH

    Saturday, March 17, 2012

Nikki Manning pictured in 2009 for the Stars of Suffolk awards

A Suffolk mum who changed hundreds of children’s lives for the better has died in a car crash just weeks after the birth of her youngest son.

The 

Woodbridge Marina Tide Mill, the area in which Suffolk Secrets is based. Picture: Mike Page.

A suspicious fire at a holiday cottage lettings agency in Woodbridge on Friday night is being investigated.

Emergency services including an air ambulance were called to the scene in Mersea Road, Colchester, close to the Strood, at 3.40pm. Pic: Alisha O’Dell Howard.

A double decker bus has crashed into a ditch in north-east Essex.

James Fairweather has been found guilty of murdering Nahid Almanea and James Attfield

The Colchester teenager convicted of murdering James Attfield and Nahid Almanea in Colchester in 2014 must serve a minimum of 27 years in jail.

Stock image of the Fiveways Roundabout in Mildenhall.

An Audi TT and a lorry were involved in a crash in west Suffolk on Friday evening.

Stock image.

Firefighters tackled a restaurant blaze in Colchester on Friday.

Joe Stilgoe, headlining this year's Ipswich School Festival of Music. Photo: Prasanna Puwanarajah

Hailed Britain’s very own Harry Connick Jr, Joe Stilgoe makes a welcome return to the Ipswich School Festival of Music this year.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24