An opportunity to acquire an impressive and historically significant Victorian mansion house and grounds in the beautiful city of Norwich.
Formerly the Norwich residence of the Colman family, Carrow House, its ornate conservatory and attached 1960s style office building could lend itself to a host of redevelopment possibilities, including hotel, leisure and residential uses, subject to obtaining planning permission.
Carrow House, a Grade II listed building, is prominently situated in Norwich, to the east of the city centre, on the junction of two main thoroughfares, King Street and Bracondale. The city centre and Norwich’s famous old quarter is approximately one mile from the site and provides a wide variety of shops, restaurants and leisure facilities, including the Chapelfield and Castle Quarter shopping malls.
The Riverside Retail Park is also a short distance away and provides a further range of shopping, eatery and leisure amenities. The University of East Anglia (UEA) and City College Norwich are both within close proximity.
The total site area measures approximately 1.80 hectares (4.45 acres) and is dominated by Carrow House and the adjoining office building.
The construction of Carrow House started in the 1860s for the Colman family as a family home. The building retains many of its original features, including a wood carving by James Minns, magnificent wood panelling, large impressive bay windows and ornate fireplaces in many of the formal rooms, such as the study, drawing room and board room. The house has been tastefully added to over time, such as in 1895 when Boulton & Paul constructed the then very fashionable conservatory or “Winter Garden” overlooking the formal sunken rose garden. The house also contains an important group of war memorials relating to the First World War. Carrow House has a floor area of approximately 1,888m2 and there is an adjoining six storey versatile purpose built office building, believed to have been built in 1959, with a floor area of 3,184m2.
The buildings dominate the northern part of the site, with the remainder comprising garden areas and hard standing which provides car parking.
The property is connected to all main services. However, interested parties should make their own enquiries of the relevant authorities regarding the connection, capacity, adequacy and availability of all services for their intended use.
• The site is to be sold with a restrictive covenant which will restrict development within the first 10 metres of the site back from the highway as shaded blue on the sale plan.
• The vendor reserves the right to repurchase the first five metres of the site back from the highway, as shown shaded green on the sale plan, should this land be required for future highway improvements.
• The premises are currently occupied but vacant possession will be provided in Spring 2021.
For further information or clarification on any of these points, please contact the agent.
Local authority and planning
The local planning authority for the area is Norwich City Council. The planning land use for the majority of the site is considered to be B1 ‘office’. Prospective purchasers are advised to make their own enquiries of the local planning authority on the lawful use of the site and any potential alternative uses.
Carrow House is statutory Grade II listed. Please note that the Historic England list description is not an exhaustive description/list of the building’s significance, nor does it identify any curtilage listed buildings or buildings listed by association and attachment. This may include the later 1960s multi-storey office building which is physically attached to Carrow House.
The current Development Plan for the area includes:
• Greater Norwich Development Partnership (GNDP) Joint Core Strategy (JCS) for Norwich, Broadland and South Norfolk, adopted in March 2011
• Norwich City Council Site Allocations and Development Management Policies Development Plan Documents (DPD), both adopted December 2014.
The proposals map that accompanies the Development Management Policies DPD identifies the Carrow House site as falling within the main settlement area for Norwich, a designated Conservation Area and area of main archaeological interest.
Norwich City Council are in the process of updating their Development Plan which includes the Greater Norwich Local Plan, currently at the Regulation 18 Draft Plan Consultation Stage.
The Carrow House site forms part of East Norwich Strategic Regeneration Area which is included as a Draft allocation under Policies 7.1 (East Norwich Strategic Growth) and GNLP3053. Further details on this can be obtained from the GNLP website: gnlp.org.uk
Rights of way
The sale is subject to all rights of support, public and private rights of way, water, light, drainage and other easements, quasi-easements and wayleaves, all or any other like rights, whether mentioned in these particulars or not.
The property is located on the corner of King Street and Bracondale, with access directly off King Street. The postcode for the property is: NR1 2TG
The EPC rating for the property is “E”