Diggers work on Ferry Boat pub on King Avenue, Norwich

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Diggers have moved onto the location of a former music-lovers’ pub which will probably be became properties.

The Ferry Boat on King Avenue has not been a pub for greater than a decade and remained derelict after a transient stint as a backpackers’ hostel.

Norwich-based homebuilder Estateducation Ltd paid extra than £1.2m for the riverside plot in in October 2019 and goes to construct 41 properties on it – costing £7m.

The primary former pub constructing will stay and will probably be dwelling to 2 properties on the brand new growth.

Work to clear the location began in November final yr and the diggers have now arrived to start revitalising the plot which was described as a blot on the panorama by the developer.


The previous Ferry Boat Inn pub in Norwich has lastly been purchased – and goes to be a growth of 41 properties known as ‘King’s Financial institution’. Ben Smith, Chief investor at Estateducation Photos: BRITTANY WOODMAN

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Talking final November to this paper, Ben James Smith, Estateducation’s chief investor, mentioned: “Our hope is that when we’re completed it should actually full the riverside space of the town.

“You look alongside the road and it’s all pretty new and gentrified… This might be just like the final piece of the jigsaw.”

He added: “The place is totally run down for the time being and plenty of builders would in all probability see it as an excessive amount of of a job, however I see these locations and I see a chance.

“I don’t see it as a raffle. Norwich has a scarcity of housing and even with the economic system on pause for the time being, we’re 18 months time.”

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Ferry Boat Inn architect's vision, as seen from opposite the building


Ferry Boat Inn architect’s imaginative and prescient, as seen from reverse the constructing

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As soon as full the event will embrace a five-storey tower constructed on the previous pub automotive park consisting of 39 properties, starting from studio residences to four-bedroom townhouses.

It’s hoped building could be full by early subsequent yr, with properties showing in the marketplace in round a yr.

Historic options will stay as a part of the event together with a medieval arch, which will probably be integrated into the constructing’s courtyard.

Norwich -- Pubs
The Ferry Boat, King Street
Dated -- 9 August 1993
Photograph C1842 Folkes


Norwich — Pubs
The Ferry Boat, King Avenue
Dated — 9 August 1993
C1842 Folkes

The Ferry Boat pub will be traced way back to 1822 when it was known as the Horse Packet.

Its title was modified to the Steam Barge by 1830, and in 1867 it modified once more to the Steam Packet.

The pub grew to become the Ferry Boat in 1925 and from the mid 1970s it hosted reside music in a transformed boat shed behind the pub.

From the 1990s it was fashionable with native up and coming teams.

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