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Have you seen how Wells Maltings will look?

PUBLISHED: 05:38 09 April 2015 | UPDATED: 11:11 10 April 2015

Artist's impressions reveal how Wells Maltings will loom after a £4m development. Pictures: Purcell Architects/Ugly Studios

Artist's impressions reveal how Wells Maltings will loom after a £4m development. Pictures: Purcell Architects/Ugly Studios

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Wells Maltings Trust hopes work will begin towards the end of this year on the Grade II-listed complex, on Staithe Street.

Half the £4m funding needed is in place. Trustees hope to raise the remainder through grants and a £1m public appeal.

Artist’s impressions have now been released alongside a planning application detailing the appearance of the building, which will have a brick and flint finish to blend in with its surroundings. At night, its exterior will be lit by warm, low-intensity lighting.

Inside, galleries, a heritage centre and extended theatre have a clean, airy, modern feel.

“It’s a huge redevelopment project,” said Becky Jefcoate, Wells Maltings project director. “We’re completely restoring and reconfiguring the existing Grade II-listed building which has been at the heart of Wells for 200 years.”

The project aims to transform the 19th century building with a two-storey extension, expanding the Granary Theatre and adding a new gallery, cafe and tourist information centre.

New and old will be linked by a glazed stairway.

“The theatre will be much bigger, meaning we can attract a wider range of performers from across the country,” said Ms Jefcoate, who added the complex would also house a maritime heritage centre.

The project is expected to create or safeguard up to 95 jobs which will make it one of the biggest single employers in the north Norfolk town once it is finished.

Part of the project - the Sackhouse building, in nearby Jicklings Yard - has already been completed.

Work on the Maltings is expected to take around a year. The centre is expected to become one of the town’s main focal points, reinforcing the charm of Staithe Street and its quirky string of independent shops.

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