Six former places of work in Norwich that you can live in
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From office blocks to old hospitals, many of Norwich's buildings have been converted into flats and houses over the years. Here's a look at some of the biggest transformations that have been made, and the buildings that are undergoing renovation
• Imperial House
The former office building on Rose Lane, once home to Aviva, has been transformed into luxury apartments and the first three floors have already been sold. Renovations began in 2015 and are set to be completed in August of this year. Prices for the apartment start at £125,000, with potential rental returns estimated at £650 per calendar month.
• Fellowes Plain
The impressive structure, which used to house The Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, closed in January 2003 as the departments moved to the new university hospital on the Norwich Research Park. The 19th century site was then sold to Persimmon Homes who redeveloped it as Fellowes Plain, constructing 271 residential apartments on the site on St Stephens Road. The medical history was commemorated in the site's street names, which are named after notable figures from the hospital, such as Thomas Wyatt, an architect of the original 1883 building.
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• Westlegate Tower
Built in 1959 Westlegate Tower, formerly known as Westlegate House, stood empty for years before being earmarked for demolition and ultimately transformed into an apartment building complete with 17 luxury apartments, two townhouses and three commercial units at the base, one of which used to house a McDonald's restaurant. The plans for the development were launched in May 2013 and an £8 million investment was put into the building.
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• Grosvenor House
The six-storey Prince of Wales Road office block is set to be turned into an apartment building featuring 29 one-bedroom flats and 55 two-bedroom flats. Plans for the development were made to Norwich City Council by Lunar Office SARL who own the building and were recently approved. The building is predominantly empty, with only an employment firm still operating from the first floor.
• Castle House
TH Real Estate has lodged an application with Norwich City Council to convert the upper floors of Norwich's historic Castle House into more than two dozen new homes. Two previous attempts to turn the offices into homes failed in 2014 and 2015. This development would see the locally-listed building refurbished into 25 new flats, with new multi-pane windows, solar panels installed on the roof and cycle storage added for more than 40 bicycles.
• Duke's Wharf
The riverside site, off Duke Street, has been vacant, except for use as a carpark, since 1999 and subsequently several plans had been made for the area's redevelopment over the years. Presently, Norwich property investment and development company, Targetfollow, have secured planning permission for a residential-led mixed use development on the site, which is also believed to have once housed a lost 16th century palace, belonging to the Dukes of Norfolk. The new development would consist of 154 residential units, containing a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments and townhouses.
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