The Tolly Cobbold, Cliff Quay, Cliff Road, Ipswich, Suffolk
*Update* October 2021 - These buildings remain in a state of decay and neglect. The council is in contact with the owners regarding urgent works, particularly to the more accessible house and cottage, and this includes the possible use of enforcement action using Section 54 powers.
*Update* February 2020 - A large fire has affected the upper floors of the brewery building. It is thought that the fire was started deliberately and arrests are reported to have been made. The building was still standing empty and derelict, the proposed development not having proceeded.
*Update* October 2016 - The application for a mixed scheme is still pending a decision.
*Update* January 2016 - There is news that plans for a development involving 222 apartments, an auditorium/exhibition space and accomodation for Ipswich's Transport Museum will be submitted for consideration at the beginning of February. This is extremely encouraging news and it will be interesting to see the detail of the plans.
This dramatic hip-roofed building is a tower brewery of 1896 by the brewery architect William Bradford. It is Grade II listed. The tower design was a typical one at the time to accommodate the various processes involved in brewing. The Tolly Cobbold name and the building itself are distinctive and much-valued parts of Ipswich's history.
The Tolly Cobbold is located on the dock and is surrounded by the working port. The site also includes two other listed buildings, a pub and cottage. The brewery building is vacant, in poor condition and has suffered sustained vandalism and theft that has seen the systematic removal of all brewing equipment.
Outline planning permission has been granted for the development of the site for retail use including the complete repair and refurbishment of the brewery as well as a large food store, small scale retail units, conference space and residential units. Much detail remains to be confirmed in the next phase of the project. Clearly, this is a large project requiring judgement and sensitivity to preserve the remnants of the brewery's history and character while bringing it back into use on a commercial basis. It is greatly to be hoped that there is progress soon and that the detail of the proposals makes best use of the site's fascinating history.