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Former Owl Sanctuary pub and Warings Furniture buildings in Norwich to be reopened and redeveloped next year

PUBLISHED: 16:08 16 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:17 16 July 2017

The former Owl Sanctuary. Photo by Simon Finlay.

The former Owl Sanctuary. Photo by Simon Finlay.

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The former homes of the Owl Sanctuary pub and neighbouring Warings Furniture store in Norwich will be redeveloped next year.

Warings Furniture, Cattle Market Street, Norwich, before it relocated. Photo : Steve AdamsWarings Furniture, Cattle Market Street, Norwich, before it relocated. Photo : Steve Adams

Richard Pratt, who owns both buildings on Cattle Market Street, said “personal problems” had led to delays with plans for both sites.

Back in December 2016, he said he hoped to have the former Owl Sanctuary rock bar reopened as a new pub and restaurant in 2017.

Meanwhile, Crystal House, which used to be home to Warings Furniture, is due to be transformed into eight new apartments.

Mr Pratt said he would be “getting back to work” on both sites in September, and added that they could be complete by the end of 2018.

He said: “It is still the ambition, and always has been the ambition, to have a pub on that site [the former Owl Sanctuary building], but it has to be the right kind of venue.

“We have also started the demolition phase to clear the rear [of Crystal House].”

The Owl Sanctuary closed in January 2016 after the building was sold to Mr Pratt. It sparked a widespread social media campaign to protect the venue by getting it listed as an Asset of Community Value.

The rock bar relocated to Timber Hill the following month, while the Cattle Market Street building has remained vacant ever since.

Speaking back in December, Mr Pratt said he would have to spend a six-figure sum to refurbish the premises.

Meanwhile, Warings Furniture moved to Westlegate in December 2016 after planning permission was granted in 2014 for Crystal House to be converted into new flats.

Mr Pratt said the upstairs and rear of the building would be converted into new apartments, while the downstairs area would become a commercial space.

He said it would likely be occupied by a cafe and shop, hairdresser or restaurant.

“I would like to see the site well and truly finished by the end of next year,” he added.

“We are aiming for that area to be a nice walkway from King Street, and for it to be opened up and brighter.”

• Are you looking to redevelop a building in Norwich? Call Luke Powell on 01603 772684 or email luke.powell@archant.co.uk

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