Paper House is led by two architects, Mark Hoare and Ted Ridge. Our aim is to achieve socially responsible and neighbourly development, with lasting social value. This is a separate venture to Hoare Ridge & Morris Architects, which is based at Snape Maltings, Suffolk.
Paper House was established in early 2019, prompted by an opportunity to purchase the former Conservative Club in Framlingham. This listed building occupies a prominent location between St Michael’s Church and Framlingham Castle. The ‘Con Club’ played an important role in the life of the town for more than a century, but closed in late 2018.
We became involved because we feared that a typical developer-led scheme for the building and site would result in it being ‘carved up’ into several residential ‘units’ with little benefit for the local community.
We felt that while some residential use is sensibly an ingredient in the future life of the building, it ought to be possible to develop a more mixed-use vision for the club which would bring wider social benefit and maintain a place for the building in the public life of Framlingham. Our vision involves creative employment space, artistic space, a cafe, space for community use, and one flat. The building has until recently been a mixed-use building, combining office space (let to several parties), residential space, and the club itself.
Our ideas for the club continue to evolve through talking to the local community and other interested parties, identifying local needs and attempting to balance these with the economic viability of different uses and activities. Our aim is to avoid duplicating what already exists in the town.
We have secured Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent for modest changes to the building, and these should make the place sufficiently flexible and adaptable to ensure a long term future in the public life of the town.
Our hope is to achieve a viable life for the building which also delivers public good. Framlingham has plenty of housing being built but the town is not seeing corresponding growth in employment or social opportunity to match this – the Con Club offers chance to provide a bit more of what is missing, to do it in a central location, and to do it in a way which is sensitive to the history of the listed building, while breathing exciting new life into it.
We have been hugely encouraged by the positive support for what we are trying to do and look forward to welcoming people into the building when in opens in May.
Information on the various rooms and spaces to let is given on the news page.
Many thanks for being patient while the club remains closed.
Mark and Ted
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