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Former Ipswich town centre night spot once home to First Floor Club and Fire & Ice to go under the hammer

PUBLISHED: 17:39 11 May 2016 | UPDATED: 17:39 11 May 2016

No 28-36 Tacket Street, including the former First Floor Club night club, is for sale by auction on May 25, 2016

No 28-36 Tacket Street, including the former First Floor Club night club, is for sale by auction on May 25, 2016

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A landmark building in Tacket Street, Ipswich is set to be sold at auction with planning permission already in place for the creation of 16 apartments.

No 28-36 Tacket Street, including the former First Floor Club night club, is for sale by auction on May 25, 2016No 28-36 Tacket Street, including the former First Floor Club night club, is for sale by auction on May 25, 2016

For decades the First Floor Club, and latterly Fire & Ice, were at the heart of the late night entertainment scene in Ipswich.

But since the club closed in July 2010, the upper floors of the building in Tacket Street have sat empty while the ground floor of the unit has been used by various retail businesses.

Now, this landmark building is for sale at auction and with planning permission in place for its conversion.

• Were you a regular at the venue? See our nostalgic photos in our gallery

Permission has been granted for the conversion into 16 town centre apartments and three commercial units.

Mark Willett, Auction House regional manager, said: “This is a great opportunity for the conversion of a landmark building, which includes the areas which were known as the First Floor Club for many years, and Fire & Ice.

“It is an opportunity to help re-generate another part of the town and to bring a fantastic building back into use, fully again.

“It is an enormous building, with accommodation over three floors and a huge basement area.

“It is a vast area inside and a tremedous opportunity for the purchaser.”

He added: “It will be great to see this particularly attractive landmark building brought back into use and with much of its original character still in place, and every apartment will be highly individual.”

Planning permission has been granted for the building, which extends to around 20,000 sq ft, to be converted into 16 flats and also three ground floor commercial units which will complement the two existing shops in the parade.

The Tacket Street building is for sale by Auction House on May 25, with a guide price of £750,000 to £850,000 for the freehold.

Mark added: “This will be another important step forward in the town’s regeneration, although you (the buyer) could of course always re-open the club.”

For further details call 01473 558888 or drop into their office at 17 Neptune Quay, Ipswich on the Waterfront.

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