Warehouse Conversion Restaurant – Interior

Retaining a merchant’s complex dating from the 15th to the 17th centuries, The Isaac Lord group of buildings is now a unique survival in Ipswich. Six of the ranges were disused in 2004 and needed varying amounts of restoration and repair. In the initial phase of work, this Grade I & II* listed 18th century warehouse was converted into a restaurant, bar and private function facility, incorporating the early 19th century former malt kiln.

NJ Architects undertook significant alternation in these buildings; the nature of these buildings is a historic feature and therefore very important. We designed the internal joinery, including bars, staircase, heating and cooling cabinets. The modern regulations require fire separation often done by subdivision, which we avoided. We were able to persuade the building control teams and fire officer that an open plan could be possible, using an innovative misting system.

We also assisted the client with the merchant house, which is accommodation as a boutique hotel for wedding guests.