max temp: 7°C

min temp: 4°C


Bury St Edmunds: New Shire Hall in Raingate Street is being turned into a Premier Inn

13:00 30 June 2014

Building work at New Shire Hall in Bury.

Building work at New Shire Hall in Bury.


Work is forging ahead at the former Suffolk County Council offices in Bury St Edmunds, which are 
undergoing a multi-million-pound transformation into a Premier Inn hotel.


Barnes Construction, based in Ipswich, is carrying out the work at New Shire Hall in Raingate Street, which was granted planning permission in January for a 75-bedroom hotel.

David Harris, of scheme project manager M & D Developments, said Premier Inn had signed all of its legal agreements and realistically the hotel should be completed by the spring of 2015.

He said M & D Developments was investing millions of pounds into the project, adding Premier Inn would rent the building.

Mr Harris, whose daughter Emma Harris owns New Shire Hall, said locally people seemed to be very pleased Premier Inn was coming to the town.

He added: “I think the adjoining neighbours were concerned [about increased traffic], but I don’t think it can be any different to the amount of traffic that uses that car park at the moment. I hope it will be very successful for the town. It will bring people in and hopefully it won’t just be a weekend arrangement, but all week when the rooms are being used.”

Previously, Guy Kemsley, 
acquisition manager for Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, which the Premier Inn brand falls under, said: “We have wanted to be in Bury St Edmunds for a long time so when we were given the chance to convert the Shire Hall into a new Premier Inn we took it.”

Mr Harris, of Hengrave Hall, said architect Lionel Thurlow and Barnes Construction were doing a “first-class job” at New Shire Hall, which is a short walk from the town centre.

There will be car parking for Premier Inn customers.

Premier Inn was contacted for a comment, but did not respond by the time the EADT went to print.



Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

The incident happened in Duke Street (stock photo)

The victim of a violent attack during a party at an Ipswich flat has described how his arm was nearly cut off with a machete.

The Tories have, in theory, lost their majority at Endeavour House.

The resignation of Suffolk County Council’s former education spokeswoman Lisa Chambers from the authority has formally robbed the ruling Conservative group at Endeavour House of its majority.

East Anglian Air Ambulance

A motorist who was seriously injured in a crash on the A134 on Tuesday evening has died.

RAF Marham Tornado GR4 jets have taken part in bombing missions over Iraq.

Suffolk’s MPs are likely to provide a united front in support of the Government in any new debate on bombing Syria in the wake of the Paris atrocities.

New homes planned for Poplar Lane Sproughton.

Babergh councillors are today being urged to give permission for more than 600 homes on the edge of Ipswich – despite strong opposition from the town itself.

Undated handout photo issued by ITV of Kieron Dyer who has been revealed as one of the contestants for I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! 2015. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday November 10, 2015. Also among the 10-strong line-up is Diana Princess of Wales biographer Lady Colin Campbell, fashion guru Susannah Constantine, Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley, TV personality Yvette Fielding, X Factor choreographer Brian Friedman and Union J's George Shelley. See PA story SHOWBIZ Celebrity. Photo credit should read: ITV/PA Wire

NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Kieron Dyer was given a rare night of luxury after winning a stay at the Jungle Boutique Hotel, but tensions are running high in the I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here camp.

Empty homes are being tackled

Nearly 780 homes have been identified as “long term empty” in the Suffolk Coastal area – but housing chiefs are confident they are getting to grips with the problem.

Humber Doucy Lane, Ipswich.

A couple aged in their 70s were injured during a robbery at an Ipswich home.

Izzy Alder

An 18-year-old woman who failed to arrive at school today has been found.

The Lighthouse project in Ipswich is celebrating its 40th anniversary.Ali Jordan and Ursula Burrows in a meeting.

There is a collage on the wall of messages from women who have been helped by Lighthouse Women’s Aid in Ipswich, formerly known as Ipswich Women’s Aid.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Local business directory

Suffolk's trusted business finder

Property search

e.g. Oxford or NW3
Powered by Zoopla

Digital Edition

Read the Ipswich Star e-edition today E-edition

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24