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Norwich is home to many buildings which were once magnificent pieces of architecture. According to the Empty Homes Agency, there are an estimated 870,000 empty houses in the UK and enough commercial property to create 420,000 new homes. Here are some buildings we feel would make excellent homes.

The Former Eastern Electricity Board Site, Duke’s Wharf

Located around the corner from our office, this City Centre structure has been vacant since 1999. Multiple plans for redevelopment have been made over the years, but none have gone ahead.

In 2014 a city-based property development company applied for permission to created 155 homes on the 2.2-acre site. No signs of building work have been spotted and the building still remains derelict…

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Sovereign House, Anglia Square

Built in the late 1960s, it was home to Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, It has been empty since the 1990s. Demolition was suggested years ago but plans fell through during the credit crunch era.

A recent proposal from Weston Homes was made in February this year to redevelop the entire area, demolishing the existing shopping centre along with Sovereign House. 1,200 new homes are to be built along with a new leisure quarter, a 200-bed hotel and a multi-storey car park. Also included in the proposal is a 25 storey tower block and a replacement cinema. We eagerly await to see what happens next…

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41, All Saints Green

This Grade II listed building was once an 18th century merchants house, in past years it was a dental practice but was then left to ruin. The building was boarded up in 2001, but it appears ongoing building work is almost complete. Peak through the windows and you will see a very clean and contemporary look in each room. An excellent use of an incredible building which, along with the new student accommodation, will help breath new life into All Saints Green.

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