School plans fresh expansion into famous Ipswich building
PUBLISHED: 11:53 04 February 2020 | UPDATED: 13:50 04 February 2020
One of Ipswich's most famous buildings is set to undergo another transformation - as owners Ipswich School plan to expand into the property further.
Anglesea Heights, which closed its doors as a BUPA care home in 2017, was snapped up by the school in January 2019.
Once home to the Anglesea Road Hospital, the landmark building is unmissable on the town's skyline - and since September last year, it has hosted a newly created prep school class.
Now the school is planning to expand into the property further - moving some boarding provision into the building from September 2020.
One of the existing buildings is being remodelled to create a space for older pupils, to provide an experience similar to that of a university hall of residence.
Headmaster Nicholas Weaver said: "Our numbers have steadily grown over the last few years, and the expansion of boarding into Anglesea Heights will help us meet the demand for an Ipswich School education from people further away, both in the UK and abroad.
The school's current year 12 boarders will move into an upper sixth form boarding house being created on the site.
WATCH: Anglesea Heights in Ipswich through the decades
Mr Weaver added: "Our innovative 'life skills' programme for sixth form students, called The Edge, provides students with many of the key skills they will need to thrive at university and in life beyond school.
"The upper sixth form boarding house will be another part of this programme for our older students who are living away from home, and will create more space for other day pupils who want to try occasional or flexible boarding in preparation for life after school.
"By expanding into Anglesea Heights we are able to ensure that this iconic Ipswich site remains well looked after."
The changing face of Anglesea Heights
The historic site has featured on Ipswich's skyline for several decades.
It was once home to Anglesea Road Hospital, which opened in August 1836 with 50 beds, after £2,500 was raised by the public.
A third storey was added to it in 1869, and a children's wing erected in 1875, as a memorial to former Ipswich MP John Cobbold.
Over the years, the facility expanded to cover much of the site, which spans over Henley Road and Warrington Road.
But ambulances began to struggle accessing the Ivry Street area outside the building.
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Limited parking for staff, outpatients and visitors led to the eventual relocation of wards and services to Heath Road, where Ipswich Hospital now stands.
By 1988, everything had moved and new buildings were constructed around the original Victorian site.
The BUPA-owned Anglesea Heights care home, which shut its doors in 2017, opened to the public in 1991.
The prominent building is steeped in history, dating back to the Victorian era.