Demolition tender for the Palmers department store transformation project

Ambitious plans to turn a former department store in Great Yarmouth into a center of learning are progressing, with a planning bid asking for demolition work.

Conversion of the former Palmers department store into a library and learning and academic center has already begun, with the five-story building being dismantled and its roof repaired.

Eastern Daily Press: A flashback to Palmers in 2007. The building is becoming a library and educational centerA flashback to Palmers in 2007. The building is becoming a library and educational center (Photo: Archant A(C) 2007)

The next step in the process involves a formal planning bid to demolish a plant room, a wall outside the factory area and an associated flue.

She will see the borough council ask its own development control committee to approve the demolition work during a meeting on Wednesday, November 9 since it is a conservation area.

Previous works did not require planning permission.

The overall plan will see the town library relocated to the building, while the upper floors will become bases for the University of Suffolk, East Coast College and the University of East Anglia.

Over £15million has been pledged to the scheme.

Palmers was founded as a linen and drapery shop in 1837. It was sold to Beale’s in 2018 and closed in March 2020.