WELLS MALTINGS, WELLS-NEXT-THE-SEA, NORFOLK
Project: Extension & Redevelopment of Grade II Listed Maltings
Client: The Wells Maltings Trust
Services provided: Cost Advice, Quantity Surveying, Project Management
Contract value: £4m
The Grade II listed Wells Maltings is situated in the heart of the conservation area in the North Norfolk seaside town of Wells. A striking brick and flint building, constructed in the 19th century to malt the local barley crop for export, it was subsequently used a a builder’s store and following acquisition by North Norfolk District Council in 1972, leased as an arts and community space.
The Wells Maltings Trust wished to update, enlarge and improve the much loved, if slightly time-worn, community asset to provide a first class community arts centre for North Norfolk, whilst also protecting & preserving the historic building and ensuring its future.
Initially helping the Trust with cost advice in support of their successful £1.84m Stage 1 Heritage Lottery bid DCP were subsequently appointed as Quantity Surveyors on the project. Once the scheme passed Stage 2 of the Heritage Lottery funding process and received planning permission we were also appointed as project managers.
Spanning five years from inception to completion, DCP worked with three successive architectural practices on the project who helped to develop and realise the charitable trust’s aspirations.
A very restricted town centre site, a listed building, flexibility for multiple uses and specialist fit-out all bought challenges but we were delighted when Wells Maltings successfully opened to the public providing a heritage and learning centre, café, central box office and an auditorium and community space.
Director of Wells Maltings, Simon Daykin said: “We are absolutely delighted with the new Wells Maltings complex and really appreciate the hard work and professionalism of all those who have been involved. Wells Maltings is a significant asset to North Norfolk and we hope that it will be used as widely as possible by locals and visitors alike.”
The extension and redevelopment of Wells Maltings won the RICS East of England Community Benefit Award 2019.