A historic warehouse near Ipswich Waterfront could be turned into a lounge bar and restaurant. 

Plans have been submitted to turn the Burton Son and Sanders warehouse on St Peters Wharf  into a food and drink venue. 

The applicant, Loungers UK Limited, operates more than 230 sites across the country through two brands, The Lounges and The Cosy Clubs, which serve dishes and alcohol on the premises.

The design and access statement says that The Lounges are "all uniquely designed" and are located in either suburbs or market towns.  

Burton Son and Sanders, were trade confectioners and sugar importers, and were first established in 1824 by Charles Burton.

Internally, the restaurant would have an open-plan area that would serve as the principal dining space, with an associated kitchen, toilets, store, plant room, and cellar to the rear of the building.   


The proposed works also include the removal of the existing roof slates and the installation of a ‘warm roof’ construction with a new metal roof. 

The external canopy roof covering would also be removed, while the structure, appearance, and underside would be retained as existing to provide an open terrace area with planters on the sides. 

No major works are proposed to the facade of the site, which fronts onto St. Peter’s Dock. 

The 586-square-metre-big red brick building falls within the Wet Dock Conservation Area, within which proposals for new development must consider the impacts on the historic built environment. 

The development would not provide on-site car parking but may be equipped with on-site cycle parking. 

To avoid any noise concerns, the applicant said that doors to the venue would be shut during operational hours and the external seating areas would be closed by 10pm. 

The news follows an application to transform another derelict Ipswich landmark.

There are plans to redevelop the former R&W Paul silo into a mixed-use leisure building.