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Gallery: New era for Ipswich as latest developments take shape at Tesco and Futura park sites

18:49 30 November 2012

Latest pictures from former B&Q site, Ipswich

Latest pictures from former B&Q site, Ipswich

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BUILDING work is this week forging ahead at Futura Park - home to John Lewis and Waitrose - ready for the next wave of new businesses.

The site, on Nacton Road, Ipswich, will eventually be transformed into a commercial hub, comprising retail and business units. With the John Lewis/Waitrose store doing a roaring trade in the last few weeks, developers are now turning their attention to the second phase of the complex.

This part of the 44-acre plot will comprise six retail units, largely selling bulky goods. The majority of these have already been snapped up by traders eager to ride on the crest of the retail wave that has hit Ipswich.

Elsewhere, the preparation work continues at the former B&Q site in Grafton Way, Ipswich - soon to be home to a new Tesco store, hotels, cafes and retail outlets.

The development would also include 17 town houses built along the waters edge.

Bulldozers have also moved on to the Daihatsu site in Derby Road, Ipswich, tearing down the old garage and workshop behind the former showroom and a signle story building to the east of the plot - owned by the East of England Co-operative Society.

Plans for the future development of the site have yet to be submitted.

Which area of Ipswich should be developed next? Tell us your views here.

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4 comments

  • What area of Ipswich should be redeveloped next? How about pulling down all the hideous buildings around the Wet Dock and down Duke Street and Bishop's Hill, then replacing them with something that actually ENHANCES the town rather than making it look like a slum-in-waiting.

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    beerlover

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • Lets hope traffic movement around Futura Park improves then . Went to John Lewis the other day and it was a nightmare . Nice experience once there and no wonder people are not going into Ipswich Town Centre when these out of town places exist . Free parking is one of them but if it is too popular you will get the problem that is Suffolk Retail park in London road where shoppers can't get off the car park due to the lack of thought in the design. I have known shoppers to take 2 hours to get off this car park in the Xmas period .

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    Poppys Dad

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • one area that needs sorting out is to the west of ipswich,where the sugar beet factory stood. been emty for years.!!

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    John Spinks

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • This is good news. Get some much need class back into Ipswich as it has been a dieing cesspit for a number of years. We need some high quality stores like John Lewis andj Waitrose to raise the profile of the town and get rid of the benefts ridden image the town has

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    the opinion man

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

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