Purcell was appointed by Mid Suffolk District Council to undertake the masterplanning, heritage consultancy and architectural design of the redevelopment of the Council’s former headquarter site in Needham Market, Suffolk.

Through rigorous public and stakeholder consultation and briefing, Purcell developed a masterplan that provides 94 new homes and a retail convenience store. The site, which includes a Grade II listed building and is partially within the town’s conservation area as well as many mature trees and historic walls, was assessed by our heritage consultants to inform a heritage-led development approach to the site.

Working closely with the local authority development, planning and conservation teams, masterplan options for multiple uses were developed and evaluated until the most appropriate proposals were agreed.

The scheme, which includes the demolition of the existing 1970s office accommodation and enhances the setting of the Grade II listed building, provides a range of dwelling types including 2,3- and 4-bedroom houses and 1- and 2-bedroom apartments. Affordable housing is provided on site and the listed building is converted into high-end characterful apartments with the original, traditional features reinstated and refurbished. An additional floor of apartments, designed in a sensitive yet contemporary style, will be constructed on an existing building adjoining the listed building.

The site masterplan has been designed to improve permeability through the site, with wide, pedestrian avenues connecting the high street through to the public recreation park beyond. The site provides multiple landscaped public amenity spaces, including the retention of a formal bowling green, memorial gardens and duck pond.

The scheme design was described as exemplary and commended at planning committee stage following a unanimous approval for the listed building consent.