Company to start £9m project to change Norwich landmark

Part of Kiln House, Norwich.

Part of Kiln House, Norwich. - Credit: Archant

Refurbishment of a landmark in Norwich's city centre will start this month.

Kiln House in Pottergate will be restored by property company TCN as part of a £9m investment project to the property and surrounding buildings.

The company says it is in discussions with current Kiln House occupant Jobcentre Plus, and added it is likely to be accommodated in the future scheme in 'some shape or form'.

It follows the purchase of Kiln House by TCN for £2m earlier this summer, before the company bought surrounding buildings for another £1m to complete ownership of the site.

Plans include turning the front section of the building into a contemporary work space with shared areas, break-out zones and a range of office units.

To the rear, in what was previously the rear service yard area for the office building, will be 22 residential units (25,000 sq ft) around a newly-formed courtyard development accessed directly off one of Norwich's main retail and leisure areas.

Toby Bidwell, chief operating officer of TCN, said: 'This exciting new location is a great opportunity for TCN to make a mark in Norwich, and create a different and inspiring place for people to work.

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'Our plan is to transform Kiln House into a thriving hub for the city's burgeoning tech and creative sectors along with a new residential quarter targeting the young, creative set in Norwich.'

The company is working in conjunction with Norwich University of the Arts and is hoping to assist other businesses in the region with funding and knowledge-sharing.

The company's portfolio includes properties in London, Bristol, Birmingham and Glasgow, among other locations.

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