Greater Ipswich Partnership

The Greater Ipswich Partnership has been formed to deliver change for the town, in line with the Vision to become East Anglia’s Waterfront Town. It is the culmination of the determination of key organisations with an interest in turning our town around.

The Partnership has set nine immediate priorities under three headings below:



  • Complete the Waterfront redevelopment in order that it acts as a showcase for the town:
  • Improve the quality of the offer in the town centre, particularly retail, and stimulate new investment emanating from the redevelopment of the Cornhill Square:
  • Stimulate and incentivise new retail and office investment/development and prioritise the completion of development sites and related projects:



  • Invest in and support a sustained Ipswich promotion, emphasising the uniqueness and breadth of the ‘offer’:
  • Coordinate efforts to improve the marketing of Ipswich as an inward investment opportunity, including talent and skills attraction:
  • Improve the town centre as a visitor destination for more than just retail



  • Progress integration of the Waterfront with the commercial core (and vice-versa) – both physically and emotionally:
  • Improve travel into, around and across the town, including entry points and routeways across the central area:
  •  Improve the important gateway for visitors to the town centre from the Station:


The Greater Ipswich Partnership includes

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Progress is already underway: See below for press updates


Iconic Wine Rack to be completed

Only days after the launch of the Greater Ipswich Partnership a step towards one of its priorities has been made with the sale of the so-called ‘wine rack’ on the waterfront.

The building became a symbol of the economic downturn but now the site will be completed and is likely to act as a catalyst for further development.

The successful buyer is a local property developer and estate agent and is looking to develop the site into apartments and some commercial space. The developer also plans to use local companies to complete the build which will be a great boost for the Ipswich economy.


Plan for Waterfront Gateway

The Council wants to buy two key sites at the Stoke Bridge end of the Waterfront – the derelict silo and adjacent rough car parking area – and use them to improve public access to the Waterfront and to build new private housing.

Both sites have been on the market for some time without any commercial interest. It would not be the intention to build council housing on the site – it is likely to be apartments for private sale or rent.

The Council would also launch a design competition to ensure that this key entrance to the Waterfront is something all Ipswich can be proud of. The decision on whether to purchase the sites will be taken by the Council’s ruling Executive Committee next month.


Tower Ramparts: substantial investment to reinvent as ‘Sailmakers’ 

Plans to give Ipswich’s Tower Ramparts Shopping Centre a £4m re-vamp to attract new stores to the town are being unveiled to the public this week.
Drawing on the town’s maritime heritage, Tower Ramparts Shopping Centre is being renamed Sailmakers as part of plans about to be submitted.
The shopping centre refurbishment plans align perfectly with the vision for Ipswich as East Anglia’s Waterfront town and the priorities of the recently formed Greater Ipswich Partnership; a visionary partnership between New Anglia LEP, University Campus Suffolk, Ipswich Chamber of Commerce, Suffolk County Council, Ipswich Borough Council and Ipswich Central.
The £4m investment will see new entrances based on the historic Thames barges that once sailed along the River Gipping, a major internal refurbishment and new toilet facilities, along with new shop fascias over the coming year.