BBC News Coverage | Award-winning 4 College Street, Ipswich

03 April, 2023

USL is delighted to share that our award-winning conservation project at 4 College Street has received BBC News coverage.

A former "dilapidated eyesore" that has stood empty for more than 40 years has been brought back to life. The Grade II listed property - once a 16th Century merchant's house (known as Benet Alfred House) - was vacated in 1981, damaged by fire in 1992 and purchased by the Ipswich Borough Council in 2016.

Ipswich Borough Council has announced, following the recent restoration project that a new tenant would move into the building next month.

This building is the sole survivor of the medieval street. The beam across the gable bears the date of 1590 and is carved with hops and foliage, so is assumed to have had a long association with the brewing trade.

While the internal walls and timbers have been repaired and restored using heritage-appropriate measures, like lime plaster and lath, externally the building has an eye-catching new colour scheme.

Click on the image below to read full news article.

Working in partnership with NJ Architects, this project scooped up an award at Ipswich Society Awards in 2022.


Michael Whelton, Managing Director of Universal Stone Ltd, said: “The USL team is delighted and proud to be recognised by preservation organisations such as Ipswich Society for the quality of our works and craftsmanship.


Click here to see more info, video and images from this interesting project.



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