The planned revamp of a former pub and restaurant on the outskirts of the city could cost up to £1m, new documents have revealed. 

Sprowston Town Council lodged plans last year to convert the former Viking pub and Royal Bengal restaurant in Tills Road into a community venue.

The site will be extended to form a new multi-purpose facility known as the Viking Centre.

Norwich Evening News: The planned Viking CentreThe planned Viking Centre (Image: Sprowston Town Council)

And tender documents searching for a contractor to carry out the works have now revealed the project could cost between £850,000 and £1m.

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This fee would require the full internal refurbishment of the site, including the removal of all existing plants and equipment.

A large, multi-function hall with separate storage, toilets and a kitchen would also be developed alongside an extension consisting of 1,991sqft of new floor space.

Norwich Evening News: The site has been vacant since mid-2019The site has been vacant since mid-2019 (Image: Newsquest)

On the ground floor, two self-contained function rooms would be formed - while a new cafe bar would be created in the central area of the building.

Construction is expected to take approximately seven months and authorities are hoping the project will be completed by spring or summer next year.

Despite the significant sum, a spokesman for Sprowston Town Council confirmed the redevelopment will not have an impact on the authority's share of council tax bills.

Norwich Evening News: Sprowston Town councillors inside the old Viking pubSprowston Town councillors inside the old Viking pub (Image: Sprowston Town Council)

The works will instead be funded through Community Infrastructure Levy receipts accumulated.

The Viking pub was built in 1956 and opened the following year.

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It eventually shut its doors in 2007 and the building went on to become a target of anti-social behaviour.

Norwich Evening News: How the extension to the centre could lookHow the extension to the centre could look (Image: Sprowston Town Council)

In 2010, Sazu Miah converted the site into an Indian restaurant called the Royal Bengal. 

But this also went on to close in mid-2019. 

Sprowston Town Council purchased the site two years later in May 2021.