First look at stunning images of proposed development of ‘eyesore’ building
PUBLISHED: 11:48 13 July 2020 | UPDATED: 14:33 13 July 2020
New images of plans to turn a town eyesore into brand new homes have been unveiled.
Images showing the proposed changes at the former Crown Maltings building in Woodbridge have been released for the first time.
The former Maltings has stood empty since the 1970s when it was used as a dance hall and assembly rooms when it stopped being used for its original purpose in the 1950s.
The proposals would see the former Maltings building restored and a new building created behind it.
The two spaces would then be split into two town houses and seven apartments, which would range from one to three bedrooms.
The new images show the building’s kiln and barley stacking areas transformed but with some details, like the kiln flooring restored to their former glory.
Australian- registered architect Charles Curry-Hyde, who has been working on the project for over a year with his clients, said that they had been working hard to ensure the renovation work was done in a sensitive way.
“We have treated it like a Grade I listed building,” said Mr Curry-Hyde.
The images also show the restored exterior of the building, which currently has issues with decaying brickwork.
Again Mr Curry-Hyde said it had been important for his clients to ensure the building was restored carefully and blended in with its surroundings.
“We wanted to make it feel like it had could have been there the whole time,” said Mr Curry Hyde.
A planning application for the site is expected to be sent to East Suffolk Council imminently.
If approved, Mr Curry-Hyde said he believed the new properties could go on the market from the end of next year.