Current Projects

The Hold, Suffolk County Archive

Ipswich, Suffolk

The Hold is a joint venture between Suffolk County Council and the University of Suffolk for the design of a flagship 21st Century heritage facility to contain Suffolk’s nationally significant archives – and the engine for an audience focused service that will reach out to diverse communities in Ipswich, the county and beyond.

Opening up a new pedestrian route to the Town Centre the facilities are organised on either side of an ‘arcaded route’ that leads through a stimulating and animated sequence of spaces - an open and welcoming experience that enables visitors to engage with Suffolk’s rich archival heritage in new and exciting ways.

The building includes a public search room, a passive archive store, conservation, digitisation and other facilities. education and seminar rooms, a 200 seat auditorium, a conditioned exhibition gallery, a bookshop and a café.

The archive building has been designed with input from the National Conservation Service and in accordance with BS EN 16893 and BS 4971 – replacing BS5454 as the current best practice for managing archive and library collections. A triple wall, airtight thermal envelope enables the passive control of temperature and humidity thereby minimising ongoing maintenance and running costs.

In order to avoid pollution emissions from boilers or other plant in this urban environment adjacent to a conservation area Air Source Heat Pumps are used exclusively throughout the project and roof mounted photovoltaic panels will reduce the cost of electrical energy used to power the building while at the same time reducing pollution from the electricity grid supply sources.

An officer recommendation for planning approval will go to the County Planning Committee in January and the project has successfully passed through all the HLF stages the final submission for a Delivery Grant made in December 2017. If successful, the work will begin in spring 2018.

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4,500 sq.m
£17 million