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A reminder of the work already underway…

Posted by on 23 January 2020 | Comments

Alongside the new developments, residents are also being reminded of the work already underway across the town as part of the Sudbury Vision, including:

  • £2.4m investment in the Kingfisher Leisure Centre
  • the £9.5m transformation of Gainsborough’s House into a national centre for art
  • St Peter’s regeneration into a vibrant cultural hub.

Sudbury Vision is a partnership initiative that looks to drive the renaissance of Sudbury and its surrounding area as a place for investment and growth and a great place to live and visit.

Working in partnership the aim is to showcase Sudbury as a major force in Suffolk’s economy; encouraging business growth, attracting new investment, developing a night-time economy, improving transport, facilities and opportunities and developing a cleaner, greener, connected town centre and community.

Sudbury Vision partners include:

  • Babergh District Council
  • Central Suffolk Chamber of Commerce
  • Concertus 
  • Gainsborough’s House
  • St Peter’s
  • Sudbury Chamber of Commerce
  • Sudbury Town Council
  • Suffolk County Council


At Kingfisher Leisure Centre, the first phase of a £2.4m extension and new facilities was completed this month, with community groups offered the chance to apply for free use of the space.

A new group exercise studio and Health and Fitness changing room has been completed this month as part of the first phase of the £2.4m investment by Babergh District Council – which includes £100,000 provided through Community Infrastructure Levy funds – to modernise leisure facilities in the town; with exercise classes and gym users already using the new space to get active.

The next phase will focus on:

  • Refurbished and extended 100 station first floor gym
  • Fully refurbished poolside wet changing and toilet facilities
  • Improved lighting and décor
  • New air handling systems and modern mechanical plant

All works are expected to be completed by late Spring 2020, and the leisure centre will remain open throughout the work – with the phased approach designed to cause minimum disruption to members.

From more information

Gainsborough’s House is currently closed to transform itself as a national centre for art. The project aims to fascinate and inspire audiences to enjoy the art, life and passions of one of Britain’s foremost artists, in the special setting of his childhood home – upgrading and expanding the Grade I listed Georgian townhouse, to ensure the museum is financially sustainable and no longer at risk.

The project will refurbish and redisplay the historic buildings while constructing a new three-storey wing that will create the largest gallery in Suffolk.

Visitors will be able to see Gainsborough’s masterpieces, exhibitions of international appeal, contemporary art created in East Anglia and a landscape studio with panoramic views over Sudbury. A new café overlooking the beautiful 18th century garden is also planned, along with improved facilities, more spaces for learning, talks and concerts.

You can find more information on the Gainsborough’s House website.

St Peter’s is being developed into an even more vibrant and welcoming cultural centre for the people of Sudbury and the surrounding area.

The building is not only a prominent landmark, it is also Sudbury’s main venue for large community events. It is exceptionally well used for a whole range of activities – but is also in need of urgent repairs and new facilities to make it sustainable for the future.

A project to regenerate the building has secured initial support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and work is now well underway to develop plans for its transformation, but in order to secure a £2.5 million grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, matched funding of £248,000 needs to be raised.

You can find more information on St Peter’s website.