Anger as fire destroys ‘irreplaceable’ listed factory buildings

The old Fisons factory ablaze at Bramford, Suffolk

Grade II structures were to be focus of 172-home Barton Willmore scheme

Architectural campaign groups have reacted with anger after a selection of grade II listed industrial buildings near Ipswich were destroyed by fire.

The cast-iron-framed Victorian warehouses, which had been a feature on Save Britain’s Heritage’s buildings at risk list since 2017, had planning permission for conversion into new homes as the heritage centrepiece of a residential-led mixed-use development designed by Barton Willmore.

But fire broke out at the hangar-like former Fisons complex at Bramwell, north-west of Ipswich, over the bank holiday weekend and destroyed the structures – placing uncertainty over the redevelopment plans, drawn up for developer Paper Mill Lane Properties, a subsidiary of GKL Group.

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