Ipswich-based Nicholas Jacob Architects relocates to town’s waterfront

A view of the Waterfront in Ipswich, including the new offices of Nicholas Jacob Architects.
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A view of the Waterfront in Ipswich, including the new offices of Nicholas Jacob Architects. Picture: Nicholas Jacob Architects - Credit: Archant

A Suffolk architectural practice is marking the milestone of 20 years in business with a move to larger premises.

Ipswich-based Nicholas Jacob Architects has moved from Berners Street to Wherry Quay, on the town’s waterfront.

Over the last two decades the award-winning firm has grown to 15 staff. It recently became a Limited Liability Partnership, managed by Nick Jacob and Shaun Soanes, providing greater opportunities for career development for staff.

Shaun, who has worked with Nick for the last 30 years, said: “Over the last few years we have grown so rapidly that we outgrew our old office. We needed more office space and room for further expansion.

“The new office is in a prime waterfront location in the heart of Ipswich, with beautiful views providing inspiration and stimulation.

“The future looks very bright for the business which intends to remain in this wonderful part of Ipswich for another 20 years – and beyond.”

Nicholas Jacob Architects has worked on a number of landmark developments across the East. These have included repairs and restoration of Darsham House, the conservation of The Abbey in Bury St Edmunds and the development of Gippeswyk Hall on behalf of the Red Rose Chain Theatre.

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The firm provides expert advice on conservation and historic buildings, challenging contemporary builds and larger projects.

It received a Highly Commended award for its work on The Avenue Theatre at the RICS East of England awards, and another commendation from the SJCC awards for St Lawrence Church, Ipswich.

The team were also commended by the Georgian Group, a charity for the protection and appreciation of British architecture of the period, for their work on Darsham House.

The firm is currently involved in the restoration of the Electric Palace cinema in Harwich, one of the UK’s oldest purpose-built cinemas.