Planning permission has been granted to convert the former seafront pub The Buregate into flats for Uniserve employees working on a new dock complex, and future customers of the distribution giant.
Uniserve is developing a distribution and logistics centre on Clickett Hill, and have bought the property with the view of providing flats for both workers for the site and customers who visit Felixstowe during the construction and future operation. The building – costing around £45million – will be 40metres high and cover nearly 12 acres of the 26-acre site, and will be 396m long and 118m wide, with 1,000 parking spaces for cars and lorries involved in container storage and distribution.
It will include a bottling operation, general merchandise, chilled and frozen foods, clothing distribution and e-fulfilment, and other operations depending on customers’ requirements and contracts gained.
The pub was owned by Green King but closed in 2013, initially temporality, but after a brief reopening has been empty for more than a year with no interest shown on the open market to be purchased as a going concern.
The proposals include a mix of one and two bed rooms with combined kitchen and living areas to provide short term accommodation.