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Do you remember the Dolce Vita nightclub?

PUBLISHED: 12:25 06 February 2019 | UPDATED: 14:12 06 February 2019

The former Dolce Vita nightclub is being converted into luxury apartment homes to be known as Foundry House.
Developer Joe Fogel with builder Levi Draycott of TLC Building Services.

The former Dolce Vita nightclub is being converted into luxury apartment homes to be known as Foundry House. Developer Joe Fogel with builder Levi Draycott of TLC Building Services.

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New apartment homes are nearing completion in the former Dolce Vita nightclub in the heart of Ipswich.

Joe Fogel and Levi Draycott inside one of the apartments that were created in the former First Floor Club nightclub in Tacket Street, Ipswich. It is now known as Charlotte House.
Picture: DAVID VINCENTJoe Fogel and Levi Draycott inside one of the apartments that were created in the former First Floor Club nightclub in Tacket Street, Ipswich. It is now known as Charlotte House. Picture: DAVID VINCENT

A dozen rental homes are being constructed within the former club in Old Foundry Road, which was once at the heart of the borough’s late night entertainment scene and will now be known as Foundry House.

They are being built by developer Joe Fogel, who was behind the conversion of the former First Floor Club in Tacket Street into apartments, all of which are now occupied.

Read more - see inside former First Floor Club

He said: “There is a wide variety of residents - from young professionals and people working in town, to some families. It has proved very popular.”

Mr Fogel is hoping Foundry House will prove similarly popular: “It is in a great position, even closer to the town centre. You have Christchurch Park opposite, and the bus station.”

Foundry House will be in walking distance of many restaurants, and cinemas, the Regent Theatre and the Wolsey Theatre.

The Central Library is opposite the new main entrance which has been created for the apartments.

Mr Fogel said: “We are creating seven one bedroom apartments, four two bedroom apartments and one studio. There is also The Cake Shop, a self-contained unit.

Inside all the main construction has been completed, including new plastering, kitchens and bathrooms installed, he added.

Electricians are now connecting the lighting and systems.

Sash windows are being replaced sympathetically, while the leaded diamond-shape windows in the frontage are being refurbished and then having secondary glazing added.

“Although the building is not listed, it is a conservation area,” Mr Fogel said.

“It has a lot of character, which we have retained.

“We started in July/August last year and it has gone pretty well. I prefer character buildings to new build.

“We are about four weeks away from completion now. We have been held up by the utilities.”

Each apartment was individual, he said, and would have fully fitted kitchens, with breakfast bars.

“I believe they will prove as popular with renters as Charlotte House (the former First Floor Club),” he added.



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