A tower block in Lowestoft, currently undergoing refurbishment, could be demolished after it was discovered repairs could be more costly than expected.

East Suffolk Council’s cabinet will consider a report about the future of St Peters Court, the town’s only high-rise building, in October.

As part of the current renovation, a full survey was completed which has subsequently revealed a whole new programme of repair and refurbishment is required which, the council says, would mean substantial additional costs.

Councillors will be asked to decide whether to retain and renovate the building or to empty and demolish it.

Cllr David Beavan, East Suffolk’s cabinet member for housing, said: “We strive to provide as much quality affordable housing as we can with the resources we have.

“The building is safe for its residents, but continued improvement and refurbishment work comes at a huge cost which may impact the long-term viability of the building.

“Ultimately, an ongoing and expensive programme of repair for an old building may not be the best approach for residents or the council. The required work involves improvements to the communal areas, replacement windows, replacement lifts, new external wall insulation and improvements to the roof amongst many others.”

Drop-in sessions have been arranged for the tenant, most of whom are council tenants.

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