The former Babergh District Council offices are situated on a site in the town centre. It includes five listed buildings, historic maltings and former industrial gasworks, as well as a larger, modern office block. The site will incorporate the listed buildings into a new residential development by conversion and construction of new apartments and houses.
As well as containing five listed buildings (Grade II and Grade II*), the site lies within a conservation area and has the River Brett running through it. Flood risk, therefore, reduces the area of the site that can be developed, while the heritage significance requires any new development to be sensitive to its setting.
Liaison with both Historic England and the conservation officer, as well as close working with our heritage consultants, allowed us to develop a relatively dense proposal on the parts of the site where development was permitted in close proximity to the listed buildings. This was possible because historic mapping showed the historic layout of the site to be a dense, semi-industrial development of buildings within the courtyard space bounded by the listed buildings.
Planning and Listed Building Consent was granted in March 2019.