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An Exciting Stage for the Cultural Quarter Project

On Wednesday 4th October, we unveiled the plans for the Cultural Quarter project alongside the Design Team, Chaplin Farrant. The public were invited to view an exhibition of the designs for the area, with the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on the designs.

The plans have been designed in readiness for a planning application to be submitted in November and this was an opportunity for people to let us know whether the project would help boost the Town Centres future.

Those engaged previously (at events and workshops held over the last 3 years) had told us what they wanted in the town centre; we listened carefully and fed your thoughts into these designs, with Wednesday’s event providing the opportunity to show how we have done this.

There was a great turnout with over eighty people attending the event, consisting of local residents and businesses, who provide useful comments and positive feedback. Photos were taken, interviews were held with the local press, and a highlight for many was being able to view the designs through a Virtual Reality headset, which you too can experience here.

Once completed, the Cultural Quarter will provide more things to do, places to meet, activities for wet weather days and support with improving Lowestoft image as a great place to visit (although like many, we already know this through living locally ourselves).

It was great to see so many people leaving the event excited for Lowestoft’s future, captured in some of the comments below:

“Nice contemporary plans – hope it will bring some new and fresh life into Lowestoft

“It all looks amazing, I can’t wait. I love the eco features and the green roof, and clad in tiles it looks like it will be really vibrant and interesting place – bring it on!”

“Very impressive plans and pleased to see so much feedback has been taken on board”

The Cultural Quarter is just one of five transformational regeneration projects in Lowestoft and will see the redevelopment of East Suffolk Council’s current Customer Services Centre and the former Battery Green multi-storey car park.

Once completed, the redevelopment will provide a cultural community hub with studio space for creative businesses, a competitive leisure complex, a restaurant, and enhancements to the existing landscape.

If you were unable to join us on the day, please view the plans by clicking this link. If you wish to provide comments on the above designs, we will be accepting these via email until 20th October 2023. Please email