Work has commenced on the conversion of a vacant Grade II listed building in Ipswich into an easyHotel.
Located on Northgate Street in the town centre, the building, which was originally built as an assembly rooms in the 1800s, will be extensively refurbished and redeveloped to become a 96-bed hotel.
The building’s façade will be redeveloped and three original bays will be reinstated and filled with glazed curtain walling.
An existing shop frontage at the right of the building will also be removed and two larger openings will be restored to provide access to a large reception area and a new retail kiosk.
The new façades will take design cues from the building’s heritage, and provide the building with a viable future as a hotel.
Internally, each of the rooms will follow easyHotel room standard brand guidelines, which have been developed by Buttress and are being rolled out across hotels within the group.
Gavin Sorby, Managing Director at Buttress, said: “Having served as assembly rooms, a school, car, factory, laundry and nightclub over its lifetime, this building has been an active part of Ipswich for many years.
“The new hotel will utilise aspects of the building’s heritage and open it to the public once again, creating an exciting and modern destination for people looking for affordable accommodation in a central location.”
The project is the third easyHotel for the practice, which is currently on site in Manchester and Birmingham.