River-facing site of 42 future city homes on the market for £2.7m

Computer-generated image of what the former BT repeater station site could look like

The former BT repeater station site could soon house 42 flats - Credit: LSI Architects

It was once the epicentre of telecommunication in Norwich, having been home to the region's BT repeater station.

But a year after being demolished to make way for housing, the former Westwick House is now up for sale for more than £2.5m.

Demolished BT repeater station in Norwich

The former BT repeater station in Westwick Street has been knocked down to make way for flats. - Credit: Dan Grimmer

In 2017, permission was granted to build 42 flats on the former BT hub and with the building demolition finally carried out more than a year ago, the search is now on for an investor.

With full planning permission in place, any potential developer would be required to follow designs set out by LSI Architects - or apply to the city council to make amendments.

These designs will see 42 new dwellings built across three blocks, with parking for both cars and bicycles and an access road for the site.

The plot has been placed on the market by property firm Brown and Co, which has set a guide price of £2.7m.

Andrew Haigh of Brown and Co

Andrew Haigh of Brown and Co - Credit: Brown and Co

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Andrew Haigh, divisional partner, commercial, for Brown and Co, said: "The scheme provides three five-storey buildings with an attractive mix of one and two-bedroom apartments, mostly with river views together with 18 car parking spaces."

The vision for the site was previously welcomed by civic watchdog the Norwich Society, which praised the plans as "imaginative".

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There were at the time though some reservations from neighbours, who felt that the three towers would be over-bearing, with one objector describing it as "visually dominating".

However, four years ago the scheme was given the green light by city planners, with demolition work beginning in 2020, just before the permission was due to expire.

The repeater station was originally built in the 1950s and served the city for several years.

All telephone traffic used to be carried over copper conductors in telephone cables.

But because copper wire is resistant to electrical signals, the power of the signals diminishes over distance.

To help make long-distance calls audible, amplification was needed – which is what happened at the Westwick Street telephone repeater station.

But the development of modern optic cables rendered such stations redundant and the building has long been out of use.

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