Derek Tann: Led projects to build two prestige Norwich hotels

Derek Tann

Derek Tann - Credit: Archant

Quantity surveyor, Derek Tann, who was involved in the design and construction of Norwich's two leading hotels, has died at home aged 75 – a week before his birthday.

He was project manager for Property Partnerships in 1971 as the group embarked on an ambitious investment programme, building the Hotel Nelson in Prince of Wales Road. His second project was the 84-room Hotel Norwich on Boundary Road, officially opened on May 14, 1973. Ironically, his daughter, Tracey, who is a senior executive of the group running the hotels, is also responsible for the Hotel Norwich.

Derek Tann, who was born in Burston, near Diss, was the son of the village policeman. He went to the village school and knew his future wife Annie, who also lived in the village from the age of two.

Her family had moved from Great Yarmouth when their two shops were closed during the second world war and her father ran a shop in the village, opposite the Strike School.

Mr Tann went to the Crome School, Norwich – his father had been transferred to Norwich after the war. He studied building skills, including bricklaying and carpentry, at what is now City College Norwich.


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He worked for other building firms including Ford & Carter, and was involved in the design and construction of a house in Norwich for Paul King, then managing director of Property Partnerships.

When Ford & Carter failed, Mr King took him on and in April 1989, he was appointed a director. A Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Mr Tann retired from the board in 1998.

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A keen golfer, he was a member of Eaton Club for many years and followed Norwich City – he was a season ticket holder at Carrow Road.

Mr Tann married in November 1961 and he leaves a widow, Annie, and two children, daughter Tracey and son, Tony, who worked for RG Carter for 27 years and is now a regional director of Lovell Builders. He also leaves two grandchildren, Sarah and James.

A service of celebration will take place at St Peter's Church, Cringleford, on Monday, September 16, 1.30pm.

Michael Pollitt

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