Price: £4.8 million
The Grade II County Hall was built in 1836-37 by W McIntosh Brooks, and was once the area’s gaol and law court. In 1906 extensions for council offices were built by JS Corner and Henry Miller before the building became the headquarters of East Suffolk County Council. However, in 2004, Suffolk County Council relocated to Endeavour House, leaving the County Hall empty ever since.
The result was a building that fell into neglect, despite its Grade II listing. The reason was a case of a poor deal that benefited the developer. Following the Council’s relocation, the building was sold to Rainbow Developments who had permission to build flats on adjacent land with the responsibility of restoring and converting the historic building. This did not happen, once the flats were constructed, the developers moved on and the grand County Hall was left in a dire state.
As it stands in 2017, the building is currently listed on the The New Investments Concept website, whether legitimate, no planning application has been submitted but the site lists a proposal of the building.
This project is a development of 30 Luxury 2 Bed Apartments, 20 Luxury 1 Bed Apartments and 16 New Build, 1 & 2 Bed Apartments. Superb town centre location with parking.
The project will be completed December 2018, the total spend on this development is 4.8 million.
How true or realistic remains to be seen, but this building has been in a dire need of restoration for far too long.