Construction of The Hold building is well underway, with groundworks, piling, and foundations taking place in this phase of construction.
The Hold will deliver a new home for the majority of Suffolk’s unique archival collections, as well as state-of-the-art public facilities including seminar rooms and a 200 seat auditorium.
The new building which will be situated near the junction of Fore Street and Grimwade Street in Ipswich, will be part of the University of Suffolk campus and will be run by the county and the university together.
Work began on the construction of The Hold building in August, with the demolition of a derelict building at the northern end of the site. The construction will focus on the strongrooms first, where the archives will be kept. The building will formally open to the public in Spring 2020. Once finished, more than 100 direct and indirect full-time jobs will be created as well as training and apprenticeships.