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A True Vision For Ipswich – Partners Hail New Cornhill Designs
Exciting new plans for the redevelopment of Ipswich’s Cornhill were unveiled today.
Ipswich Borough Council Leader David Ellesmere hailed the new-look plans, which will now go before planners in the spring for approval. If the go-ahead is given, the tendering process will follow and then construction work will start next January, with completion due before Christmas 2018. Councillor Ellesmere said: “These new designs do reflect what the people of Ipswich and conservation groups have told us but they still remain exciting and bold. Our architects, Hall McKnight, have managed the not easy task of retaining the wow factor while meeting public concerns about some of the details. We look forward to making progress with this project and continuing to support town centre businesses by making our county town more attractive to investors, residents and visitors.”
Further consultation will take place through the planning process. An application was made last month and is currently being processed.
The project is being funded by the New Anglia Local Enterprise partnership, Ipswich Borough Council and Suffolk County Council.
Evidence from towns in other parts of the UK shows that refurbishment projects like these can help to increase town centre footfall and retail spend.
Perhaps the most striking feature of the new designs is a set of four “celebratory columns” inspired by the four key figures on top of the Town Hall and former Post Office building. They also reflect the former historic gates to Ipswich, creating a fusion of old and new, reflecting Victorian grandeur in a contemporary form.
The Ipswich Vision Group was set up to support, promote and enhance the town. Partners are: New Anglia Local Enterprise partnership, Ipswich Central, Ipswich Borough Council, Suffolk County Council, Ben Gummer MP, the Suffolk Chamber in Greater Ipswich and the University of Suffolk.