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Loungers UK given green light to transform former Burtons warehouse on Ipswich waterfront into bar and restaurant





Plans to transform a derelict warehouse on Ipswich waterfront into a bar and restaurant have been given the go-ahead.

At its planning and development committee yesterday, Ipswich Borough Council (IBC) agreed to allow Loungers UK, which also runs the Cosy Club chain, to convert the former Burtons warehouse in St Peter’s Wharf into a Lounge.

Loungers UK was confirmed to be taking the site over in December – shortly after the planning application was submitted in November – with IBC leasing the building to the firm.

Occulo Lounge, in Southport -- an example of what a Lounge would look like. Picture: Loungers UK
Occulo Lounge, in Southport -- an example of what a Lounge would look like. Picture: Loungers UK

It described Lounges as a merger of coffee shops, pubs and dining, with an emphasis on creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

The firm was also granted a premises license during the authority’s licensing and regulatory committee yesterday, meaning it will be able to serve alcohol when it opens.

In January, Loungers UK said it hoped to open its doors to diners in October once the warehouse – which is more than a century old – has undergone a significant refurbishment.

Loungers UK will take over the Burton Son and Sanders warehouse in Ipswich.
Loungers UK will take over the Burton Son and Sanders warehouse in Ipswich.

When it does, it will be open all day, every day for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks – with the firm describing it as a ‘home away from home’.

It will also feature gluten-free, vegan and children’s menus.

Food offerings at other lounges include burgers, fry-ups, tapas and desserts.

IBC has owned the Burtons warehouse since 2015.