Video and photo gallery: Norwich’s Westlegate Tower almost ready to welcome its first residents

PUBLISHED: 10:56 16 October 2014 | UPDATED: 11:03 16 October 2014

Views from the roof terrace of the penthouse. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Views from the roof terrace of the penthouse. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY


It was once considered the eyesore of the city and left abandoned for years – but the redeveloped Westlegate Tower in Norwich city centre is ready to welcome its first residents at the end of the month.

To celebrate the completion of the tower, in Westlegate, and the moving in of the apartments’ proud owners, the Norwich Evening News takes a look at the facts and figures of the former Westlegate House office block – which has been branded “an iconic landmark in urban regeneration” by John James, managing director of Soho Estates, which co-owns the building.

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.

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.

Westlegate in numbers

70 craftsmen and labourers worked on the development

250,000 man hours spent on the development

1 - the number of flats left unsold - the eight-floor flat is still available to buy

1959 - the year Westlegate House (now Westlegate Tower) was built

20 men worked 7 days a week for 1 year to complete the building in 1959

33 metres tall - orginal tower

11 floors - orginal tower

41 metres tall refurbished tower - Norwich Cathedral spire is 96 metres

13 floors refurbished tower

15 floors altogether including ground and basement

19 residental flats/houses in the development: 17 apartments, 14 in Westlegate Tower and 2 town houses

3 commercial units

• Penthouse appartment is 2,000 sq ft and offers 360° views

8.5 million- cost of the redevelopment

236 steps in the building

14 - years the building stood empty

£400,000-£1 million- prices paid for tower appartments

1 - the first project joint owners Soho Estates have been involved in a project outside of London

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

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