Former Anglian Windows headquarters at Horsford to be demolished

Horsford Manor, with some of the windows removed, which is due to be demolished. Picture: Denise Bradley Horsford Manor, with some of the windows removed, which is due to be demolished. Picture: Denise Bradley

Monday, August 13, 2012
5:21 PM

A former manor house which has fallen into disrepair after being converted into offices more than 40 years ago is to be demolished to make way for an office building, it has emerged.

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Horsford Manor, with some of the windows removed, which is due to be demolished. Picture: Denise BradleyHorsford Manor, with some of the windows removed, which is due to be demolished. Picture: Denise Bradley

Horsford Manor, close to Horsford Cricket Club’s Manor Park ground on Holt Road, Horsford, was converted into offices more than 40 years ago and was used by Anglian Windows as its headquarters.

But the building, which is empty and has been on the market for several years, has deteriorated.

Prior notification has been granted by Broadland District Council for demolition of the building which is to be replaced by a two-storey office building.

Broadland District Council granted permission for the demolition, submitted by Anglian Home Improvements, subject to a series of conditions including historic building recording.

The Evening News contacted the agent working for the applicant about the development but no-one was available for comment.

One woman, who did not want to be named, said it was a “tragedy” the manor was to be demolished as it was a “beautiful building” and added she was concerned there might be bats roosting there.

A Broadland spokesman said: “Our ecologist did pop out and take a look at Horsford Manor when they first said they were going to demolish it but did not see any bats.” A further visit to the site has revealed no sign of any bats.

John Starling, a district councillor for Horsford and Felthorpe, said: “The feeling was that because it was deteriorating nothing was being done with the place at all. It looked as if the best thing to do was to pull it down.”

The building is jointly owned by Norfolk County Council and Norwich City Council, with the county owning 60pc.

A spokesman said: “The building, which is not listed, is currently let to Anglian Windows who have operational control of the premises. Anglian Windows have asked for permission for the building to be demolished and both councils have agreed.”

6 comments

  • What a waste of a nice building anglian went downhill when the late george williams sold up. If you could see there head office now you would have a chuckle its the end part of the stores building what a comedown

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    david106

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • It should not be demolished,if it is its for making reasons,and the building should never have been allowed to deteriorate into its current state

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    Albert Cooper

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • D'ohIIIIII Did this council bat thingy person explore the site at night...when bats are active???? Both councils are not fit for purpose, when comes to looking after historical buildings.

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    nrg

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • It's not very old (c.1900), was never very attractive and was made less so by having all the original brickwork replaced in the 1970s with very nasty smooth orange bricks, and isn't worth saving on architectural or historical grounds. What's interesting is the owners (City Council and County Council) seem not to mind one of their assets, with a financial value, being pulled down. And even more interesting, despite being Anglian's HQ, it had wooden windows, not the plastic ones they always claimed were so much better...

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    g hu

    Thursday, August 16, 2012

  • You don't see as many Anglian lorries about, guess it's just a matter of time until this outfit is gobbled up and moved elsewhere for cheaper wages, better road connections, blah,blah.

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    nrg

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • Things to come, looks like they are not waiting for the NDR planning approval, just picture the anglian social site covered in factories.

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    Marigold

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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