Ipswich: Waterfront hotel in spotlight in new book

Robert Gough of The Salthouse Harbour Hotel, Ipswich.

Robert Gough of The Salthouse Harbour Hotel, Ipswich.

ONE of the historic treasures of the Waterfront is celebrated in a new book published today.

The Salthouse Harbour Hotel is one of five historic buildings and areas in the East of England recognised in Constructive Conservation – Sustainable Growth for Historic Places, from English Heritage.

The new book highlights success stories across the country, where businesses are flourishing in historic buildings and sites which have been repaired, adapted or redeveloped through conservation-led projects. “Constructive Conservation” means understanding what makes a site historically important and working with owners and developers to enhance it, while finding a new use that allows their continued use.

The six-storey extension to The Salthouse Harbour Hotel has enhanced the historic Waterfront setting while giving the hotel 27 new bedrooms and other facilities. The new design took account of the character and appearance of two Conservation Areas and the nearby Grade I and II listed buildings.

Robert Gough, proprietor of the Salthouse, said: “We are delighted to have created a modern landmark on the Waterfront, in tune with our contemporary business philosophy. We are convinced the design of the building has been central to its success.”

Greg Luton, planning and conservation director in the East of England for English Heritage, added: “Buildings created in the past can serve the future well, as demonstrated by the job creation and growth for businesses throughout the East of England, featured in our new publication.”

Which other historic town buildings do you think would benefit from being adapted? Leave your comments below or write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN.