Plans have been revealed for the redevelopment of The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, better known as Cefas, in Lowestoft. Cefas is a centre for applied marine and freshwater science and research and has been headquartered in Lowestoft since it’s founding in 1902.
Redevelopment of it’s headquarters in Lowestoft is long overdue, being made up of a former Victorian Hotel and 1950’s office buildings that are no longer fit for purpose.
Proposed New Building
A new office building has been designed to house two wings of flexible office space either side of a central atrium core. Designed to be as open as possible to enable flexible working arrangements that can change over the years as working patterns and technology evolves.
CEFAS Seascape Square, Gardens and Pavilion
Forming the principal landscape frontage to CEFAS, this area will offer views across the sea. Providing an interface between the formal, hard landscape, immediately surrounding the building, and planting along the seafront. There are a number of gardens around the square themed around the local history and development, including Coastal Herbaceous Drifts and The Victorian Rooms. These gardens all surround a ‘The Pavilion‘, featuring a raised, curving edge and planting areas that will provide seating with panoramic views across the coastline.
As part of the wider regeneration of Cefas in Lowestoft the plans also include the refurbishment of the external appearance of the laboratory building known as the North Extension. The refurbishment includes three options of cladding. A monochrome version, a single-colour version and a third gradient option that fades from green at bottom, to blue at the top.
After receiving public feedback, Cefas will file a planning application to Waveney District Council on 14th July and a decision will be made later in the year.