A Norwich-founded demolition company which relocated to the capital has returned for the first time in six decades for a ground-breaking project. Valori Demolition was established in Norwich in 1947 by Frank Valori. The Valori family were also notorious for their ventures in fish and chips and ice cream in the city. It is believed that the family moved from Italy to England in the early 1900s and settled in Attleborough.

It was after the war that business boomed for the family – who already had six fish and chip shops across the city and wider Norfolk area. The family was part of the first wave of Italian entrepreneurs to introduce ice cream to the Fine City with Valori’s Ices.

Frank Valori was once one of the biggest names in the demolition business, with his name appearing on sites all over the country – and even featuring in the back of a snap taken at the state funeral of wartime prime minister Winston Churchill. ‘Where the Valori sign goes up, big buildings come down’ was the playful slogan of the business at the time.

Dean Manders, managing director at Valori – whose father Michael also started with the company in 1957 at the age of 17, said: “Valori was renowned for its controversial work on the Euston Arch.”Frank had a silver model of the arch made and presented it to the government to commemorate it. “This is the first time since 1961 that Valori is back in Norwich.”

The last job Valori Demolition was contracted to undertake in the city was the demolition of the Norvic Cinema in Prince of Wales Road.  Opened in 1910 as the Electric Theatre it was refurbished in and reopened as the Norvic in September 1949.The picture house was demolished 1961, a year after it closed.

The company is back once again in a bid to help transform the city. It will work on what is set to be a multi-million pound, 91-bed hotel in Chamberlain House, once home to Tesco in Guildhall Hill. The project in the Victorian building is set to be completed in 2023. 

Photo Credit: Archant – Demolition of the Norvic Cinema, Prince of Wales Road. Picture dated December 6, 1961

Story Credit: Norwich Evening News –

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