£72,000 project starts on Custom House in King’s Lynn

The Custom House in King's Lynn is covered in scaffolding. Picture: Ian Burt

The Custom House in King's Lynn is covered in scaffolding. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Work has started on a major revamp at one of King's Lynn's landmark buildings.

The Custom House dates back to the 17th century, but the high-level timberwork on top of the building needs sprucing up.

Scaffolding has been erected round the building, and maintenance work will last about four weeks.

Repairs to, and decoration of, the cupola and balustrades will then take place over the following eight weeks.

Once completed, the scaffolding will be removed, which will take another three weeks.

Elizabeth Nockolds, West Norfolk Council's cabinet member for culture, heritage and health, said: 'This part of the Custom House is very exposed to the elements, particularly being so close to the river.

'It is vital that we carry out regular planned maintenance to preserve this iconic and historically important building.

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'The light show on the building will be switched off for a time while the works are undertaken and will return after that.

'Access to the Tourist Information Centre will be unaffected by the works.'

The 15-week, £72,000 maintenance project is being undertaken by Chas D. Allflatt, based in South Everard Street in King's Lynn.

The Custom House is a Grade I listed building.

It was described by architect Nikolaus Pevsner as 'one of the most perfect buildings ever built'.

He was an admirer of King's Lynn in general.

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