The opening date for a new £1m community centre has been revealed. 

Sprowston Town Council is hoping to open its new multi-purpose Viking Centre by November this year. 

Norwich Evening News: The venue has been empty since 2019The venue has been empty since 2019 (Image: Sprowston Town Council)

The date has been pushed back from June after the county council required some minor amendments to the plans. 

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Contractor Draper & Nichols will begin work on the project in early March - with the build expected to take 36 weeks. 

"It's going to be really brilliant," said Town council chairman Bill Couzens. 

Norwich Evening News: The centre is expected to open in NovemberThe centre is expected to open in November (Image: Sprowston Town Council)

"We had several contractor bids and we've decided to go for the one we believe will do the best build."

The former Viking pub and Royal Bengal restaurant in Tills Road will be extended to form the community centre. 

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

Norwich Evening News: Town council chairman Bill CouzensTown council chairman Bill Couzens (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.

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