Woodbridge Frames by Robert art store plans to split and rent the other half

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A new store could open at a major site in Woodbridge, it has been revealed.


The southeast elevation of the store on St John’s Hill will have new windows if plans are approved. Photo: BROOKS ARCHITECTS LTD.
– Credit: Archant

Frames by Robert has been on New Street for 34 years, but the owner now hopes to split the store into two separate premises, half of which will be let as another outlet.

Plans have been filed with East Suffolk Council with proposals showing the conversion of the Grade 2 listed framing shop.

This will provide two entry and exit points to the building, one for the new rental store and the new opening for the framing store to the rear, accessible via St John’s Hill.

There are also plans to provide the apartment above, which also serves as a workshop, with its own entry point.


Plans submitted by Brooks Architects Ltd to East Suffolk Council show provisional development proposals f

Plans submitted by Brooks Architects Ltd to East Suffolk Council show provisional interior design proposals for the store. Photo: BROOKS ARCHITECTS LTD.
– Credit: Archant


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Robert Hewitt, owner of Frames by Robert, said: “I don’t want to sell art supplies anymore, I just want to focus on the framing work. For the moment, my workshop is accessible to customers but I would like it to be sectioned. “


The perimeter wall with access to the apartment above the store will have the 1970s door and window replaced

The perimeter wall with access to the apartment above the store will have the 1970s door and window replaced as part of the upgrades Photo: BROOKS ARCHITECTS LTD.
– Credit: Archant


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