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Help write new chapter for landmark Great Yarmouth building

The next chapter in the life of a landmark Great Yarmouth building is getting underway - and the public are being asked to help write it.

The former Palmers building in Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth Borough Council bought the former Palmers building in the town's Market Place last year and is now working with partners to transform it into a £15.4m library and learning centre, offering courses up to university level and beyond.

The hub will be a new home for Norfolk County Council's Great Yarmouth Library, along with adult learning, registry office and other community services such as Citizens Advice.

Alongside Norfolk County Council's new programme of adult learning, East Coast College is working with the University of Suffolk to offer university level courses, access to higher education, and adult learning. The University of East Anglia will also offer courses.

Work will start next week on removing asbestos and various cosmetic alterations to the inside of the building. The strip-out of the five storey, 5,300 square metre building is expected to take around four months, ready for its next chapter.

Alongside that work the project partners want to hear from the public on the detail of what should feature inside the building through a 12-week consultation.

An online survey is launching today, and there will also be chances for library users and college students to give their views at in-person meetings on what library services and what courses should be offered.

The feedback will help shape the detail of the final building, which is expected to open for students in time for the 2023-2024 academic year and for the general public by the end of 2023.

Last modified on 19 July 2023

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