Contracts exchanged on former Suffolk County Council Conference Centre in Thorndon, Suffolk

East Anglian Businessman and Property Developer John Howard has exchanged contracts on the former Suffolk County Council Kerrison Conference and Training Centre in the village of Thorndon, Suffolk.

Commenting on his most recent acquisition with business partner Jeremy Scowsill, John said: “Subject to planning consent, the scheme will comprise of a residential conversion and new build houses aimed at first time buyers and families to continue to support the village of Thorndon to thrive as a community.

“It is hoped that planning will be obtained by the end of 2015 with a view to commence works on the development by March 2016.”

Details of the full scheme including the number of properties and timings will be announced following agreed planning.

Wrapped in history…
Originally a farmhouse, then purchased for the purpose of establishing a reformatory for boys in 1856 by Sir Edward Kerrison.  The Kerrison Trust was formed in memory of Sir Kerrison and the Suffolk Reformatory was renamed Kerrison Reformatory in 1887.

Industrial training provided at the School was typical of that found in ‘Farm Reformatories’ and included farming, gardening, shoemaking and carpentry.

One of the ‘attendees’ was the great-grandfather of acclaimed British artist Tracey Emin who’s story recently featured on the BBC One programme “Who do you think you are” when Tracey visited the former borstal in Suffolk to find out more about her great-grandfather Henry ‘Harry’ Hodgkins.  Tracey discovered that Henry, who was perhaps unsettled because his mother had recently died, was caught stealing two brass taps and was sent to Kerrison for 3-years for rehabilitation.

In 1973, the reformatory became a Community Home with Education (CHE) under the control of East Suffolk County Council and in more recent times, the site has been occupied by the Kerrison Conference and Training Centre.



Future of the Winerack to feature on BBC Look East

BBC Look East’s broadcasting journalist Kevin Burch will be climbing the concrete stairwell of the ‘Winerack’ on the 24th August to film and report on the future developments of the Ipswich Waterfront and the structure that is now infamous on the Ipswich skyline.

As speculation continues on timings and developments of progress on the waterfront, John will meet with Kevin to share the plans of the scheme and to announce keys dates and details which will kick-start the large residential project and open the next chapter in the marina’s history.

Look out for Kevin’s report on BBC Look East.

Whether you are interested in living in one of the luxury apartments, renting the commercial space, working in the media and looking to feature the scheme or from the property industry and would just like to know more, please contact John who would be pleased to hear from you.

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John Howard to speak at FBE breakfast seminar 9th September

John Howard has been invited as guest speaker at the FBE East Anglian breakfast meeting on the 9th September which is to be held at Stoke by Nayland Golf Club 7.30 – 9.15am.

The main topic for the seminar will stem from John’s presentation based on a blend of the future developments of the infamous ‘Winerack’ on the Ipswich Waterfront and his influential interpretation of the built environment within the property sector.

The FBE (Forum for the built environment) is the leading independent built environment networking organisation. With over 2,000 members from a wide variety of backgrounds – multinational construction companies, cost consultants, architects and designers, property developers, engineers, planners and consultants, legal & financial specialists and other service professionals, the FBE is the largest networking association of its kind.

For those industry professionals interested in hearing John’s talk, visit the FBE website for details on how to become a member and to play your role in the future of the UK’s built environment.