See how cranes removed safes from former Co-op HQ before homes conversion

A crane removing a safe from Carr House, the former Ipswich Co-op HQ

A crane removing a safe from Carr House, the former Ipswich Co-op HQ - Credit: House Group Developments

These photos show how old safes were removed from the former Ipswich Co-op HQ in Carr Street before its conversion into homes.

A total of 13 safes were removed from the former banking hall and strong room in Carr House, which has now been turned into luxury apartments with retail units below. 

Developer Joe Fogel said: "It was a lot of work and took about three months of planning. At first we couldn't find anyone to take on the work, because it was so specialised."

Some of the safes which had to be removed from Carr House in Ipswich

Some of the safes which had to be removed from Carr House in Ipswich - Credit: House Group Developments

He said the usual method for this type of operation would be to take the roof off a building so the crane could get in from above.

However, this was not appropriate with the Victorian Carr House building, and a specialist contractor had to use cranes coming in through the window instead.

Developer Joe Fogel in a kitchen of one of the new apartments in Carr House

Developer Joe Fogel in a kitchen of one of the new apartments in Carr House - Credit: David Vincent

Removing the heaviest safes from the former cash office, where Co-op customers used to collect their "divi", was the most difficult part of the operation. 


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The project to transform the former HQ, carried out by Mr Fogel’s House Group and main contractor TLC Home Group, is now nearing completion, and all the homes have been let.

Meanwhile, permission has been given for demolition of the main department store building, to make way for the new Central Ipswich Primary School.  

A crane removing a safe from Carr House, the former Ipswich Co-op HQ, before its conversion into apartments

A crane removing a safe from Carr House, the former Ipswich Co-op HQ, before its conversion into apartments - Credit: House Group Developments

Carr House in Carr Street, Ipswich 

Carr House in Carr Street, Ipswich - Credit: David Vincent


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