Reconstruction of historic Goldsmith's Mansion in Sudbury close to completion, three years after being destroyed in large fire
A former 19th century building, which is being refurbished after being gutted in a blaze three years ago, is close to completion.
Goldsmith’s Mansion on the junction of Market Hill and Friars Street in Sudbury was left a blackened ruin in 2015, after a fire started in one of its business units.
Businesses and properties were destroyed in the blaze, leaving 20 households homeless.
The building has undergone major reconstruction over the past 14 months, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Members from the Mattingly family, who own the site, gathered at the weekend to mark the milestone.
“We wanted to ensure that the new building was in keeping with its setting in the town centre and retained its original characteristics, especially from the front,” said the family. “The result is more than we could have hoped for.”
Phil Branton, director at chartered architects Wincer Kievenaar in Hadleigh, explained that the design had incorporated many of the building’s original and much-admired features.
“We were keen to meet the wishes of the Mattingly family, who wanted a replacement building that was traditional and echoed the appearance of the original structure,” he said.
“From our point of view, there is great satisfaction from seeing unique aspects of the previous building retained, such as the roundel which mimics the old, but with the current date and the original initials ‘RM’.
“Also, the façade uses bricks cast from the moulds of the old bricks reclaimed after the fire by Bulmer Brick and Tile.”
Once completed, the site will offer retail units, with six flats above.