Work to begin on former Bury St Edmunds post office site
Work is set to begin next week on a major Bury St Edmunds town centre development.
The site of the former post office, in Cornhill, will keep its historic front but the rest of the building, including parts which were added on at a later stage, will be demolished and replaced with two ground floor business units and 12 flats above.
Councillor John Griffiths, leader of West Suffolk Council, said: “It is a challenging time for many of our residents, businesses and the council, but we are investing in the long term future of the Bury St Edmunds town centre as a place of continuing economic, social and cultural activity.
“Furthermore, we are delivering on what people asked for when they helped shape the vision for the town centre in the masterplan in 2017."
The work will also see the widening of the Market Thoroughfare, giving a better link between the arc and the historic town centre.
But this will mean that from Monday it will be closed off for the duration of the work, so people will need to use Brentgovel Street, Central Walk which will once again be two way, and Woolhall Street.
To ensure social distancing will be managed in the alternative routes, shoppers are being encouraged to stay to their left-hand side as they travel down the three streets.
There will also be hoardings in Cornhill and St Andrews Street South that will help direct people around the town centre and will also include design images showing the final development.
Mark Cordell, chief executive of Our Bury St Edmunds Business Improvement District, said: “The widening of the walkway and improving the link between the original town centre and the arc has been a priority for our members and the public alike, throughout the ten years of the arc and it will be good to see this achieved, as well as retaining the wonderful façade of the Post Office.
"It is good to see that the council is investing in the future of the town centre and we look forward to its completion."
The reason the work is taking place next week is due to the council securing external funding from the government for the scheme and to meeting funding conditions the work had to begin sooner than expected.
The construction of the development is scheduled to be finished in 2022.
For more on the project, go to www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/cornhill