Lynn’s former Post Office building could be transformed into homes, shops, offices and even a medical centre under new plans unveiled yesterday.
The historic building, in Baxter’s Plain, has stood virtually empty since postal services were transferred to the town’s WH Smith store in 2007.
Plans to open a chain pub and restaurant at the prominent site later fell through and BT, the remaining tenant, is due to move out shortly.
Liam Russell Architects has drawn up ambitious plans for the four-storey building on behalf of Telereal Trillium, which owns the building in partnership with BT.
Under the £4m scheme, 27 new flats could be developed on the second, third and fourth floors, including some with private balconies, along with a raised communal courtyard with planting.
The ground floor and some of the first floor would be given over to retail, while a central medical centre would be based on the first floor and open plan offices on the second.
A single storey building towards the rear of the site could be demolished to make way for a stylish new entrance to the shops in Paradise Parade.
The existing entrance facing Argos and its distinctive pillars will remain, creating a thoroughfare to the bus station and beyond.
Mr Russell unveiled the plans during a public exhibition in Baxter’s Plain yesterday.
He said the building and the great potential and he hoped to inject some colour and life.
“We were asked by the owner just over a year ago to look at ways to rejuvenate the building,” Mr Russell said.
“We considered starting again, but then we met with the Civic Society and West Norfolk Council, who were incredibly helpful.
“The consensus is that it’s best financially and for King’s Lynn to develop and adapt the existing building.
“We want to create a space that’s attractive to one of the national retailers or one of the larger local retailers who want to make a serious go at such a wonderful building.”
A planning application will be submitted to West Norfolk Council once the consultation is complete and work is due to begin “imminently”, Mr Russell said.
“We are not foisting anything on anyone, we want to give the town what it needs,” he added.
“We have done our homework and spoken to various local groups, but now we need to know what King’s Lynn thinks.”
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