Work to start on community hub

Just Regional
Feb 15, 2024 2 mins read

Work is about to start on the refurbishment of the former Viking pub, turning it into a new community centre for Sprowston.

The pub sat derelict for a couple of years between closing as the Royal Bengal restaurant in 2019 and being bought by the town council in 2021.

Development was delayed by the covid-19 pandemic but the council had hoped to open this May. However, the original plans had to be tweaked to get planning permission and contractors are all set to start work on the site at the beginning of March.

Fencing will be going up around the site soon.

A council spokesman said: “The anticipated opening is mid November. However, it’s an old building that hasn’t been used for some time, so who knows what we’ll find when the work gets started.”

Plans will include a large bay-fronted room at the front, suitable for use as a community café, and a brand new function room at the back on what is currently wasteland.

There will also be a number of smaller meeting rooms using the existing spaces within the building on the ground and first floors.

At the front there will be secure car parking with provision for electric vehicle charging and a bike store.

The original pub was built in 1957 as part of the Tills Road housing development. It closed as a pub in 2007 and reopened in 2010 as an Indian restaurant before it closed its doors in 2019. It than sat derelict until the town council stepped in.

The plans can be seen at the town council offices on Recreation Ground Road. The council would like to hear from any charity or social enterprise that would be willing to run the community café.

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