The Place (Former Palmers Department Store) Redevelopment

The first images have been released showing what a town’s new £16m university learning hub will look like.
Work has been taking place all summer to strip out the former Palmers/Beales department store in Great Yarmouth’s town centre.

An artist impression showing the gallery/exhibition space in the new learning centre

Facilities management for the entire building will be provided by Norse, and East Coast College (co-leaseholder) will be charged for use of the service. Upon completion, NCC will be a leaseholder of the ground and basement floors paying a peppercorn rent.

The proposed ground floor plan for the new library, learning, and university centre (LLUC)
in Great Yarmouth showing book stacks and the children’s library

The five-storey building is poised for a new role as a library, learning, and university centre (LLUC). Alongside the relocated library the upper floors will become bases for the University of Suffolk (also a co-funder), East Coast College, and the University of East Anglia.

An artist impression of the main library in the former Palmers department store in Great Yarmouth

The aim is to open the hub to students in time for the 2024-2025 academic year, and to the general public by the end of 2024.