Work set to start on Grade II listed 16th century house on Ipswich's College Street which has been vacant for 40 years
A 16th century house which has been vacant for 40 years and was damaged in a fire in the 90s is set to be brought back into use by a council.
Ipswich Borough Council is due to appoint a main contractor to refurbish and restore Grade II listed 4 College Street, by the town's Waterfront, which it acquired in 2016.
Planning permission and listed building consent were obtained for these works, and, after agreeing on the contractor, work is expected to start next month.
The timber-framed and plastered house which has a cross-wing at the west end, was damaged by a blaze in 1992 and has been empty since 1981 - it was originally a merchant's house.
The council's executive will consider a report on the matter at its meeting next Tuesday.
Council leader David Ellesmere said: “Ipswich Borough Council is committed to maintaining our great range of historic buildings in the town and we are also ensuring these are in use.
"In addition, we are investing wisely in property to generate a return for the council.
“I’m pleased that we are set to achieve all three of these aims with our awarding of a contract to refurbish and restore 4 College Street, a Grade II listed, 16th Century timber-framed building at the Waterfront.
"These works are expected to start next month and be completed by January 2022. This will enable us to take this historic cottage off Ipswich’s ‘Buildings at Risk’ Register.
"We will then seek a suitable tenant for the building.”