Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 13°C

Search

Former Ipswich nightclub to become apartments

PUBLISHED: 08:39 17 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:47 17 May 2018

Foundry House, Old Foundry Road, Ipswich a cgi of how it will look after renovation and conversion

Foundry House, Old Foundry Road, Ipswich a cgi of how it will look after renovation and conversion

HG Developments

Take a look inside former Ipswich nightclub, Dolce Vita, which is going to be converted into luxury aparments.

A derelict former Ipswich nightclub is about to be transformed into luxury apartment homes.

Now developer Joe Fogel of House Group Developments, who last year converted the former First Floor Club/Fire & Ice building in Tacket Street into new apartments, is tackling another disused former nightspot.

Work is about to begin on the former Dolce Vita night club, in Old Foundry Road.

Owner Joe Fogel and builder Levi Draycott, of TLC Building Services, took me round the building before work starts.

The heavily timbered building has the look of medieval times, but apparently it is much more recent, having replaced a building that was lost in a fire.

Joe Fogel said: “The previous building burnt down and it was re-built. It is not as old as it looks, and it is not a listed building.

“It is going to be a challenging project. It has been empty for a long time. We are really excited to get going.”

We walked inside, and up the staircase to the first floor area.

It is a sad sight today, smelling damp and with moss growing where rained has forced its was through the roof.

But I remember parts of the Old First Floor building in Tacket Street had been in a poor state before rescue and renovaton took place.

“The scaffolding will be going up in the next couple of weeks,” explained Mr Draycott.

“We will strip off the roof and completely renew it, with new battens and felt and re-use the tiles where we can.

“Once the scaffolding is up we weill refurbish the exterior.”

Mr Fogel said the plan was to provide 13 homes initially.

The ground floor is to be three one bedroom apartments and a studio, with four two-bedroom apartments on the first floor and a further four one bedroom apartments on the second floor.

Outside the shop unit, The Cake Shop, facing Old Foundry Road, would become a self-contained unit.

The building in Old Foundry Road was a nightclub for a short period, in the early 1990s and for a while was a bar, known Bar Fontaine.

I remember visiting the club, and seeing Norman Wisdom in cabaret there.

Much of it has been standing empty for years. Apparently it was previously a furniture store.

Mr Fogel said: “It is a nine months project, once we get started.”

One major change planned is removing the existing staircase, and putting one in more centrally to serve the new apartments.

There are some people who criticise schemes which bring more apartments to the town but they are in great demand and convenient for all amenities.

There is a shortage of homes to buy and to rent in Ipswich, and so they are popular.

There are 17 apartments in the former First Floor Club in Tacket Street, all now occupied.

There is under a month to go until Suffolk Day 2018 and people are being encouraged to get involved to celebrate everything which is great about the county.

Possible plans to arm rural officers look unlikely to be applied any time soon to forces in East Anglia.

An ambulance chief has defended his service after an independent inquiry revealed ambulance delays were not to blame for the deaths of any patients across East Anglia.

A spokesperson for Suffolk police said that they were called to the man, who was trapped in Landseer Park at 7.50am yesterday morning.

A major roadworks scheme which is set to cause chaos on a key route in Ipswich for up to six months saw dozens of people turn out for a meeting on the matter.

With the Suffolk Show only eight days away we have put together a guide of everything you need to know about the two-day event.

From a children’s festival to gruesome goings-on at a castle, wildlife trails and even a superhero training day, there are lots of open-air activities to enjoy over half-term week - not forgetting the Suffolk Show!

Throwback Thursday returns for another week, this time remembering May 1999.

Tributes have been paid to a leading Essex historian who was instrumental in the discovery of Richard III’s remains.

Writer Richard Curtis had concerns that calling his new film “Suffolk Lad” may have brought some pronunciation issues, but as reporter MICHAEL STEWARD found out there is a Suffolk and Norfolk on both sides of the pond.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24