Client: Ipswich Borough Council
Completed: Dec 2020
Category: Historical Buildings, Local Authorities
Contract Duration: 40 Weeks
Architect: Nicholas Jacob Architects
What we did...


  • Conservation & Restoration
  • External Maintenance
  • Stone Masonry Repairs
  • New Stone Carvings
  • DOFF Stone Cleaning
  • Roofing & Joinery Repairs
  • Glazing & Window Restoration
  • Leadwork & Rainwater Goods
  • Specialist Services

USL was appointed as Principal Contractor to carry out the sensitive conservation, masonry, maintenance and repair works at the Grade II listed Old Post Office on 1 Cornhill in Ipswich.

As one of the finest and prominent buildings in Ipswich town, it was commissioned by the Post Office and opened in 1881 on the footprint of the demolished 1850 Corn Exchange.  Architect J. Johnson designed a grand structure with Doric portico, fine statuary, finials and stone carvings.

The Old Post Office has been empty since 2015 when Lloyds Bank and The Wharf moved out. The restoration would see this important building brought back to its original condition and help revitalise the town centre.  The facade was in much need of vital restoration and cleaning as well as repairing roof areas, lead-work, windows and chimneys.

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.

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“This is one of our main heritage buildings in the town centre – a major refurbishment and repair of this building that the council has invested in, and brings back historical features.”

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