29 April, 2022
USL is pleased to share that the historic Old Post Office on The Cornhill in Ipswich has now opened its doors as an award-winning pub and bar operator – The Botanist.
Originally built in 1881 to a competition design by London architect John Johnson, the Grade II listed former post office was in need of extensive interior and exterior renovations. USL was pleased to work in collaboration with Nicholas Jacob Architects to carry out this sensitive conservation, masonry, maintenance, and repair works.
The extensive programme included restoration and maintenance to the North and West elevations including the façade cleaning, removal of vegetation, repair works to chimneys, re-roofing to South and East elevations, joinery repairs to roof structure, stone restoration and re-decoration to windows. The USL in-house team carried out stonework incorporating conservation repairs, re-pointing and new elaborate carvings.
Our passionate team of skilled masons crafted new elaborate stone carvings, urns, and finials as part of this larger restoration project.
It’s wonderful to see listed buildings conserved, restored and refurbished to attract exciting new tenants to the local borough councils as well help regenerate town centres and communities.
We are delighted to see the building re-established to its former glory and receiving a new lease of life. The Botanist has done the building justice with its elegant interior and wondrous world of botanicals.
Next time in Ipswich, stop in for a delightful cocktail or famous hanging kebabs.
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News Article: Opening of Botanist in Ipswich
News Article: Restoration works at Ipswich’s Old Post Office. Featuring wonderful photos of rooftop statues.
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