Lower Brook Street, Ipswich
A 1.7 acre town centre redevelopment site purchased from Archant Ltd
The premises at 30-32 Lower Brook Street were previously occupied by Archant Ltd as the offices and printing works for the East Anglian Daily Times and other publications.

Printing operations were transferred to Norwich some years ago, but their fifty years’ occupation finally ceased at the end of October 2016 with the opening of Archant’s new offices in Princes Street, Ipswich.

Churchmanor maximised value by splitting the site into three separate parcels and Ipswich Borough Council granted consent on the main part of the site for the demolition of existing buildings and the redevelopment of the site for 62 retirement housing units. Consent was also granted for the conversion of the listed buildings at 30A-32 Lower Brook Street (the former Archant social club, manager’s flat, and ancillary offices) into three residential units.

The site was known to have considerable archaeological remains since it formed part of Saxon Ipswich. An archaeology dig undertaken by Oxford Archaeology has taken place and the costs of the dig, some £350,000, have been paid for by Churchmanor.

The main parcel of the site is now sold to McCarthy and Stone for a retired living development.

We have been pleased to carry out this complicated urban regeneration project and hope that our development will act as a spur for regeneration of adjacent sites.

Project facts


1.7 acres


McCarthy and Stone and residential units


Under construction

Project value

£1.8 million