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The go-ahead has been given for £140m Suffolk community complex project

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Perfect Circle has been given the all-clear by West Suffolk council for a £140m public services building in Bury St Edmunds. 

The consultancy joint venture, consisting of AecomGleeds and Pick Everard, is the sole supplier on Scape Group’s Built Environment Consultancy Services framework, which procured the project. Tenders for a number of contractors via a framework are likely to be issued in spring 2021 with construction being scheduled to start in 2022. 


The project will involve remodelling an existing 1960’s 10,000m2 building, giving it a completely new look. They will be removing its current envelope to expose the steel frame and then add new floors, a facade and a roof. 

The 1960s original building was built as a factory for asphalt manufacturer Barber Greene back in 1961. It was then sold to the council in 1985 and used as an office and depot. 

The building is located on a 6.9ha site and is planned to combine a leisure centre, health and social care hub, council and police services, advice centre, voluntary organisations and community and education services within one building. Some ancillary buildings will also be constructed. 

Pick Everard has taken on the role of lead designer with a number of other Architects working on the scheme in specialist areas.  

Also on the project team is project manager Currie and Brown and Landscape Architect Wynne-Williams Associates. 


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1) Greenlight for £140m Suffolk community complex job  – Building.co.uk – By Tom Lowe 7 September 2020