Sold out! Every apartment at soon-to-be-opened Westlegate Towers has been snapped-up

Taking shape, apartments in the former Westlegate Tower nearing completion and offering exciting views of the cityscape of Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams Taking shape, apartments in the former Westlegate Tower nearing completion and offering exciting views of the cityscape of Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

Friday, February 14, 2014
9:47 AM

All 19 properties available for sale at Norwich’s new high rise, Westlegate Tower, have sold, subject to contract, it was revealed after the very last townhouse was snapped up earlier this week.

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The view from the window. Photo: Steve AdamsThe view from the window. Photo: Steve Adams

The runaway success of a building originally earmarked for demolition has been attributed to the fact the tower offers something unique in city living – particularly the specially created penthouse pad 40 metres high on two extra floors built onto the existing building.

The penthouse was sold for offers about the £1 million mark. Its new owner will enjoy a three sided palatial roof top terrace with its own bar and possibly a hot tub or even a plunge pool.

Formerly offices, Westlegate House was built in 1959. The structure had lain empty and neglected for more than a decade.

When the plans for the development launched last May, the £8 million investment was seen by some as a gamble, but has turned out be a sell-out.

Ian Fox and Julian Wells in one of the new Westlegate Tower apartments. Photo: Steve AdamsIan Fox and Julian Wells in one of the new Westlegate Tower apartments. Photo: Steve Adams

Richard Aldous, of Savills New Homes, selling agents, said: “There is just nothing like Westlegate anywhere else in the city.

“A huge amount of people want to move into the city centre and want to downsize. But I have to be honest, even we have been surprised at the success but we just hit the right market.” People paid from £400,000 to about £1 million to live in the tower.

Ian Fox, of FW Properties, which co-owns the building together with London-based Soho Estates, said: “Westlegate is unique. Interestingly, most of the people who have bought are couples, all have come from Norfolk and it’s the location, right in the city centre, which seems to have appealed.”

Co-director at FW Properties Julian Wells agreed, adding: “No Norwich City footballers have bought here but I think there is at least one person who has bought an apartment as a second home because they wanted a place in the city.”

Interesting features include the fact that the nature of the compact site means car parking will be created from a specially installed ‘stacked’ drive in lift and although the glass in apartments is not self-cleaning, there will be a team of window cleaners who will abseil from the very top, made available to keep it looking good for occupants.

All of the city’s landmark icons from the cathedral to the castle, Carrow Road and the brightly coloured tops of the marketplace are visible from the apartments.

In fact, buyers of the top floors will be able to watch, bird-like, over the entire city.

The developers decided against creating high volume units, instead giving apartments and lots of space on their own floors.

The site includes 17 luxury apartments, two townhouses and three commercial units at the base.

Some of the apartments are only a few weeks away from being finished with the project on schedule to complete by late spring/early summer this year.

For more on this story visit www.homes24.co.uk

16 comments

  • A fine article about this unique, quality re-development in the centre of Norwich!

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    pyknicpie

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • its nice to see it brought back into life and actually have people living in the citycentre.It was an eyesore for too long!

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    lambo34

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • PDH, the answer to your question is probably, about £200,000. Anyway I am pleased that the building has been put to good use.

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    Abraham

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Oh ah it be cheaper to park out'o'town and there ain't so much traffic either so it's quicker to shop in the out'o'town superstores. City centre is not for me but I ain't got me bus pass yet so it will be cheaper than but I'd have to carry me bags further than a car park out'o'town. Good luck to the people in Westlegate and I will see it one day no doubt.

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    JEN

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • yes lets pedestrianise the whole of the inner city, surely everyone, bar the disabled can walk five minutes into the centre, except it is impossible to do this because we have allowed multi storeys right in the centre and its good business as they charge considerbly compared to nothing at an out of town retailer. Westlegate is still ugly.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • MILLION FOR A FLAT ! Good move You are joking of course' One million you must be barking

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    PaulH

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Glad it was a success. Better apartments than a derelict emplty building. More to come I hope.

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    norman hall

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Ooh the shard has got nothing on you westlegate!!! LOL

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    Barny

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Shard of the East, not !!!!

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    Barny

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Top marks to those concerned who saw potential rather than destruction!

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    marty r

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Very concerned by the fact that these are "luxury apartments" out of most peoples price range. Let's hope that some of these people who have spent between £400k to one million allow some of the multitude sleeping rough on the streets to sleep in their doorways. Also what is the difference between a luxury apartment and a flat?

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    PDH

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • You should get a very nice view of all the plebs walking below whilst you fill up the hot tub.

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    Nexus_6

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • great news, just have to push ahead with pedestrianising Westlegate now and that part of the city can be regenerated.

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    User Removed

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Oh ah it be cheaper to park out'o'town and there ain't so much traffic either so it's quicker to shop in the out'o'town superstores. City centre is not for me but I ain't got me bus pass yet so it will be cheaper than but I'd have to carry me bags further than a car park out'o'town. Good luck to the people in Westlegate and I will see it one day no doubt.

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    JEN

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Sold subject to contract isn't the same as sold and paid for, just ask anyone who has ever tried to sell a house...

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    NigelS

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Should look very nice when its done.

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    Tone the moan

    Friday, February 14, 2014

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