The trust running a historic venue in Norwich has transformed The Assembly House with half a million pounds funding from Santander.
The Assembly House Trust has created 11 luxury bedrooms and suites in the east wing of the Grade 1 listed building, refurbished cloakrooms, kitchens and galleries, and added decorative railings outside.
They have injected life into the Grand Hall with luxurious leather armchairs, creating the ideal meeting place for a freshly-brewed cup of coffee and an indulgent slice of homemade cake.
The aim was to restore the building to its former glories and honour its illustrious past, including visits from Franz Liszt, Niccolo Paganini, Madame Tussaud, and the famous Noverre dance family.
The Assembly House boasts a popular restaurant and cafe, and event facilities. It has now added a state-of-the-art bed & breakfast with the £545,000 package from Santander Corporate & Commercial.
This year, the new development was completed following extensive English heritage input and has created eight new jobs.
Philip Norton said: “We considered many ideas to develop the east wing for public use, but space did not lend itself for exhibitions or performing arts.
“The income from this new development will be reinvested in the house in the coming years to ensure we continue to provide space to support the visual and performing arts in Norwich and the wider county.”
The new railings were installed by local contractor Exel Fencing Solutions Limited.
They chose 1.2m-high solid bar railings with ornamental finials from Zaun. Four single leaf gates with matching infill completed the look.
Zaun Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems that manufactures the entire system in the UK. Zaun makes the mesh, fencing panels, posts, clamp bars and fixings at its state-of-the-art five-acre production facility in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands. Products have been tested and approved by testing organisations including CPNI, LPCB and Secured by Design.
Zaun works very closely with all stakeholders within the business including employees, local, national and international suppliers and a long-established customer base of fencing contractors to design, manufacture and supply high-quality fencing systems, increasingly often providing expertise in integrating PIDs and other systems into holistic security solutions.
Zaun was founded in 1996 and remains a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai. They are certified to the ISO 9001 quality standard. It is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association (PSSA), of which Alastair Henman is a director.
Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder member of the Made in Britain campaign, a key player in the UK fencing market and one of the fastest-growing companies in an increasingly competitive industry.