It was always the dream of the John Peel Centre team to expand into 11 Market Place (the former National Westminster Bank) and reunite both parts of what was the original Corn Exchange to provide an entrance to the JPC from the Market Square and enhance the facilities and services offered. That dream is becoming a reality after signing a lease with Mid Suffolk District Council on the 16th of September 2022.
The first phase of works is to install a Pop Up Bar in what was the main banking hall where we can host small events and really start to get a feel for the building and how it all works. This will be an ideal opportunity to get feedback from our customers on what they would like to see happening in the new space and what additional activities we could offer.
A key part of this initial phase is the installation of a disabled access toilet and the installation of basic services to the proposed bar area. To deliver this, we teamed up with old friends of the John Peel Centre, Gipping Construction, who agreed to help us out. Work started today and the aim is to be finished before Christmas 2022!
Pictured: Andy Laflin, Peter Flatt and David Andrew.