Watch: Footage reveals run-down condition of Norwich’s Undercroft

Water dripping out of electrical conduit pipes at The Undercroft.

Water dripping out of electrical conduit pipes at The Undercroft. - Credit: Archant

Footage has emerged online of the run-down state of the The Undercroft venue in Norwich city centre.

The Undercroft plays host to a number of art shows. Photo: Benjamin Beauchamp.

The Undercroft plays host to a number of art shows. Photo: Benjamin Beauchamp. - Credit: Archant

The footage was shot during heavy rain in September by Robert who was visiting the Lonely Arts Club art exhibition at the Grade II listed venue behind Norwich market. In the past month the video has received at lot of attention on social media with people concerned about the safety of the venue.

The footage shows water dripping out of electrical conduit pipes leaving pieces of artwork covered in dripping water.

The Undercroft has been used by artists for several years to exhibit their work and Robert said they even have to ask permission to use tack to put work on the walls so he was shocked to the see the condition of the venue.

'I became aware of water dripping on my right shoulder and when I looked up I saw water streaming out of the electrical conduit near one of the lighting units,' he said.

'At this time I was at the end of The Undercroft nearest the outside church, facing the market side. I looked to my left to be utterly amazed at seeing water cascading from most of the electrical conduit pipes the entire length of The Undercroft.'

Robert informed the artists of the problems and when he returned the next day he noticed damage to pieces of art and a brown residue over a number of them.

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Cllr Mike Stonard, cabinet member for asset management, said Norwich City Council are aware of the problems and are monitoring the situation.

'The Undercroft is a valuable and well-used resource for the artistic community of our city,' he said.

'As this video shows, there have been some issues with water leaks. However, we believe it was filmed a few months ago during extreme weather, and some action has been taken in respect of the drains and stonework since then.

'A building surveyor and a planning and conservation officer have both inspected the space and we are monitoring it regularly, particularly during bad weather, and continuing to explore what can be done to make the structure water tight for the future.'

The Lonely Arts Club will not be exhibiting at the venue again until 2017 as it fully booked out for the year by other artists and Cllr Stonard said the council would not allow exhibitions to take place unless they were sure of the venues safety.

'Public safety is paramount and clearly we would not allow the building to be used if it was unsafe,' he said.

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