Local people are being invited to share their views on proposals that could breathe new life into the much-loved Custom House and transform a vacant riverfront site into a public space for everyone.
In addition, people are also being asked to give feedback and ideas that will help to shape a programme of future events and activities that will encourage more use of the riverfront.
Through the outline designs, which have been developed as part of the King’s Lynn Town Deal riverfront regeneration project, the Custom House could be brought back into use as a multi-purpose public building which would be visible, active, and welcoming to all.
The designs for the Custom House seek to respect the heritage of the building and offer flexible space that could be put to various uses, including for hospitality, exhibitions, and events.
The visuals for the building also aim to reinterpret the original architect Henry Bell’s ground floor plan with the addition of glazed panels. In addition, level access would be added along with a new lift, meaning the building would become a more accessible space for people to visit.
The proposals also introduce potential designs for a vacant site next to Devil’s Alley which could be revitalised as a public space for the community.
The designs showcase a pergola running along the edges of the site, open and covered spaces, soft landscaping, as well as a children’s play area and a hidden garden.
The Devil’s Alley area could offer a range of uses, including for events and activities such as pop up cinemas and performances throughout the year, which would bring more people to this part of the town.
The designs, which have been shaped by previous consultation including an open event in the Custom House in 2022 and surveys, are now being shared for local people to give their feedback.
And, the public are also invited to attend a drop-in session that will be taking place at the Custom House from 11am – 7pm on Thursday 1 February. At this event, visitors will be able to view the proposals and share their feedback in the survey.
The rejuvenation of the Custom House and the vacant site next to Devil’s Alley would be complemented by a programme of activities and events which would also serve to drive footfall to this area.
In the survey, people are being asked to help to shape these events and activities by also giving their feedback on leisure activities in King’s Lynn and ideas for events and activities that would encourage them to visit the riverfront. The insight gained from the public will be complemented by feedback gathered from further consultation with stakeholders.
Councillor Alistair Beales, Cabinet Member for Business with the Borough Council commented:
“We have an opportunity to maximise the potential of the riverfront, and create more reasons for people to visit and spend time in this part of town.
“We know from previous consultation how much people value the riverfront, and that there is a desire for more things to see and do here. These proposals aim to fulfil that aspiration.
“It has been particularly important to come up with ideas to revitalise the Custom House in these proposals as we fully appreciate and recognise the significance of this building for the town.
“I would encourage people to take a look at the designs and share your views, and help to shape the future of the riverfront.”
Andrew Stevenson, King’s Lynn Town Deal Board’s Champion for the riverfront regeneration project said:
“The proposals set out to revitalise King’s Lynn’s riverfront in a way that is respectful of and sensitive to the local heritage.
“We want to draw more people to this area, and through new, enhanced, and attractive facilities, as well as a diverse range of activities, and events, this area has the potential to offer something for everyone.
“We look forward to hearing the feedback from the public, and finding out their views on the proposals.”
This is the first phase of the regeneration of King’s Lynn’s riverfront which could pave the way for further investment and improvements in this area.
*View the designs and have your say:
- Online from Friday 26 January – Friday 16 February – Riverfront regeneration
- Drop-in event, 11am – 7pm, Thursday 1 February, Custom House