Orbit, developer of the neighbouring £70m St Anne’s Quarter, has appointed local building contractors W.S Lusher & Son Ltd to carry out the restoration, which will see Howard House brought back into use.
Having stood empty and derelict for over 25 years, Orbit will restore the building as part of its plans to transform St Anne’s Quarter into a high-quality residential-led quarter, offering over 400 new homes, alongside first-class customer services for living, working and leisure, in the heart of the city.
Now a Grade II listed building, Howard House originally belonged to Henry Howard, the former Duke of Norfolk. Using the home as his summer residence, he’s thought to have acquired the land during the 16th century when the Augustinian friary that previously occupied the site was dissolved.
The development site’s intriguing medieval history was revealed during an archaeological excavation conducted last summer. Carried out by Norwich Property Services (NPS) Archaeology on behalf of Orbit, archaeologists at the dig uncovered treasure and skeletons dating back to the 14th century.