Anglia Square Shopping Centre, Norwich

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The square

The Anglia Square shopping centre is located to the north of Norwich city centre. It is bounded by the historic Magdalen and St Augustine's streets.


Built in the 1960s and 70s in an area that had been heavily bombed in the Baedeker raids during World War II, the centre was designed by Alan Cooke & Partners who handled the whole development.[1]

Description of centre[edit]

Sovereign House. HMSO building
The cinema

Pedestrian shop-lined walkways lead onto Anglia square which was originally open to the elements but now covered by a steel and glass structure - added in the late 20th century. The red brick and concrete buildings are finished in the brutalist style. Forming the western boundary of the centre is the former HMSO building Sovereign House. The building, now empty and due for demolition.[2][3] Built on a concrete raft and rising above the centre is the c.1971 former Odeon cinema, now part of the Hollywood chain, which replaced a nearby 2,000 seat pre-war cinema.[4]

Spiral staircase on Sovereign House in Anglia Square

In July, 2013 the cinema hosted the world premiere of Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.[5]


The single storey shops include discount supermarkets and a wide range of privately owned and high street stores. The covered square features a selection of street stalls.


Anglia Square and the surrounding area is to be the centre of a major redevelopment with a suggested name of Calvert Square (Calvert Street is nearby). During 2008 the public were invited to view the proposals.[6] Work was due to start in 2009 but plans were scaled down due to the credit crunch.[7] In January 2011 new plans for the square were lodged and the developers hope to gain approval before the end of April 2011.[8] In November, 2009 the public were asked to have their say on the proposed development. The multimillion-pound plans are to be part of the Northern City Centre Area Action Plan.[9]

In 2014, the centre was bought by investment manager Threadneedle Investments for £7.5 million.[10]

The current owners and their partner Weston Homes announced in November 2016, they have been holding talks with chief officers at Norwich City Hall. Plans submitted include the demolition of Anglia Square, the former stationery office and Gildengate House. More than 1000 homes are planned to be built above shop units and a new public square.[11][12]

In early 2018, Weston Homes and landowner Columbia Threadneedle submitted regeneration plans for the site. These include 1200 homes, major supermarket, hotel, green squares and central courtyards.[13]

Coordinates: 52°38′11″N 1°17′43″E / 52.6363°N 1.2952°E / 52.6363; 1.2952


  1. ^ Pevsner. N. & Watson. B .The Buildings of England Norfolk2:North-West and South (1993) ISBN 0140710604 Retrieved 28 November 2008
  2. ^ Anglia Square Archived October 31, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 5 September 2008
  3. ^ The Norwich Society Archived October 31, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 5 September 2008
  4. ^ Hollywood cinema Retrieved October 2, 2008
  5. ^ BBC news report Retrieved 25 July 2013
  6. ^ Calvert Square Archived October 16, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 5 September 2008
  7. ^ Anglia Square plans formally submitted[dead link] Retrieved October 2, 2008
  8. ^ Norwich Evening News item Retrieved January 26, 2011
  9. ^ Norwich Evening News report[dead link] Retrieved 11 November 2009
  10. ^ Evening News report Retrieved 9 June 2014
  11. ^ Dan Grimmer (2 November 2016). "Norwich's Anglia Square could be demolished as revamp plans, including 1000 homes, are revealed". Eastern Daily Press. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  12. ^ "Anglia Square and the surrounding area". Norwich City Council. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  13. ^ David Hannant (15 March 2018). "'My hope is for a common sense approach'- Reaction to plans for Anglia Square". Eastern Daily Press. Retrieved 24 April 2018.