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Wells Maltings, Norfolk

We were invited by the Wells Maltings Trust to participate in a competition for the reconfiguration and expansion of the Maltings.

The existing Maltings is a late 19th century Grade II* listed industrial building, standing out in the village of Wells-by-the-Sea for its scale. In the 1920s it was converted into a storehouse. In the 1970s it was adapted for community use with offices, meeting spaces and a cinema-cum-theatre.

One of the main requirements was for multi-purpose venue space. The proposals internally included reconfiguration of the interior for community uses. On the ground floor: a new larger cinema-cum-theatre, a new ground floor venue and performance space and a new box office and tourist office. On the upper floor: a new heritage exhibition, education and venue space under the orginal trussed roof. Most radically a new balcony cafe cantilevering off the Maltings and looking up the High Street was proposed.

In addition a new market hall type building, based on the traditional East Anglian Market Crosses was proposed facing the Maltings, creating parking and public space between.

The proposals were short-listed.

Wells Maltings Balcony cafe

Front view of the Maltings coming down the High Street

Wells Maltings and new Market Building

Rear View of the Maltings and new Market Building towards the High Street