Gallery/video: New look for Cornhill in the heart of Ipswich unveiled

An architects impression of the proposed new look for Ipswich Cornhill An architects impression of the proposed new look for Ipswich Cornhill

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
5:07 PM

This is the proposed new look for Ipswich Cornhill’s, we can reveal today.

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It is one of five bids which went out to public consultation last September and at its heart is a proposal to level the Cornhill, giving a flat area from the front of Debenhams to the entrance to the Town Hall.

There would be a strip of unlevelled ground along the front of the former Grimwades’ Store going down past Mannings and the Golden Lion wide enough to allow tables to be set up on the street.

The transformation of the Cornhill is expected to cost about £3.5 million, and the borough council, county council, and businesses will be asked to help fund the work. The borough has already committed £800,000 to the project.

The final look will differ considerably from the design submitted in the summer – the centrepiece tower has been remodelled, and there are likely to be changes to the look of the main paved area.

One major change would be that the section between the top of Princes Street and Lloyds Avenue arch remains a highway and is technically open to emergency vehicles.

Building a flat area extending from the front of the Town Hall to the front of the former post office building would mean this highway would have to be formally closed.

That would require changes to the official map of the town centre – and people would have to be given the opportunity to formally object before any change could be allowed.

The design was chosen by a committee made up of representatives of the borough and county councils, Ipswich Central, UCS and Ipswich MP Ben Gummer.

It is understood they went for this design because it was considered more flexible than the others.

There could be space on the flattened Cornhill for the market – and there would also be room for other events.

A flat space would lend itself to far more uses than are currently available.

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer said he could not comment on the winning bid at this stage, but it had been good that organisations had been able to come together and reach such a positive outcome.

He said: “The fact that we were able to reach a unanimous decision and there is an enthusiasm to redevelop the Cornhill is a good sign for the future of the town.”

Once the scheme is formally announced there will need to be a major fund-raising effort before any work to prepare the way for the project can start.

51 comments

  • Did anyone visit any other town centres to get any ideas i wonder?. In my opinion the nicest town centres in this country are paved, have trees and normally a centre point like a fountain. Also because the town centre is normally the oldest part of the town the buildings are normally very old and very impressive buildings ie the Town Hall and the Lloyds bank building which could be shot blasted and cleaned up, why an earth would you want to put a hideous tower of steel and glass amongst these buildings. As most of the people in Ipswich seem to want the same thing judging by the comments it makes me wonder who are these people making the decisions and how qualified are they.

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    royg

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Well mr tall attract new business and jobs .you won't do this without parking .they simply won't come here for that reason .wast of money .and it's only for daytime use as Ipswich is shut at night owing to the place being empty .just like the councils heads.

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    Town watch

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • SHOCK NEWSFLASH!! EADTStar readers hate everything.

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    Air Biscuit

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • What a waste of our money. Just get rid of the market and it would be improved. Is this going to be like Tower Ramparts bus station? I used it for the first time last week and when I got off the bus I could not see anything different other than a few new shelters. Where did all the mony go on that one?

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    Star Watch

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • If you have not already voted in the poll then search "poll cornhill" Current plan has an unconvincing 26% of the vote. We are told that the design was voted for by this lot, quote "The design was chosen by a committee made up of representatives of the borough and county councils, Ipswich Central, UCS and Ipswich MP Ben Gummer" Any of them actually live in Ipswich?

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    Chris D

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • What another waste of Tax Payers money! Why are they spending money on something that does not need to happen! This is what happened to Civic Drive by taking out the subwayroundabout. I work on Civic Drive and often walk into town for my lunch, What used to take me 3 minutes to walk into the town centre now takes 13 mins including walking the gauntlet which is now the Civic Drive crossing. I want to walk into town not compete in the Crystal Maze. I did email the council to voice my concerns over the money wasted on Civic Drive however no one bothered to reply! They sit there in their Ivory Tower wasting our money! What a bunch of Idiots! With not an ounce of common sense between them!

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    Marty

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Agree with Chris Church, why oh why do we have to put up with wasting taxpayers money, when it simply isn't necessary, help more shops come to the town by reducing business rates in certain areas for limited time to give them a chance to establish themselves.

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    Footyfan

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Well I'm nearing 60 and I can remember the tram lines on the cornhill, where the market is. It was there in my teenage years and you hopped off the bus and were right in the centre. Then I can remember all the lovely old department stores, before we had the new precincts that are half empty.

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    waspie

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • what a joke. ipswich would never keep up with other places around them, such a Norwich

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    clever budgie

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Frankly I am left speechless by this hideous plan for the area. The money, as has been said, would be better spent on cleaning up the town. I am only a few years away from moving out of this feckless town and Suffolk altogether. It cannot come quick enough.

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    Chris D

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • I still don't understand the point of this. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the cornhill and this is just going to be a waste of money. Can I please get a refund from my taxes as I don't want any of my money going into this!

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    Chris Church

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • It's about time the cornhill is improved what a wonderful idea. For all you miserable lot who say it's a waste of money it's not as it will only cost a very small amount, it will attract new business and jobs. Ipswich needs some improvements so it's about time.

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    mr_tall

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Sorry, just to be clear... when I said "every" night I didn't mean Sundays. Obviously everyone goes home early that night to get up for work on Monday.

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    Citizen

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • So we're replacing the path with wood - which will be very slippery when wet - need constant maintenance - and there appears to be nothing but stairs everywhere. How about wheelchair access?!

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    Chris Church

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I really wanted to like it,I really did but it`s bl00dy awful. Who comes up with this rubbish. Compared with budgie city Ipswich continues to be an embarrasment,and I really hate saying that.

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    mike blunt

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • What another waste of Tax Payers money! Why are they spending money on something that does not need to happen! This is what happened to Civic Drive by taking out the subwayroundabout. I work on Civic Drive and often walk into town for my lunch, What used to take me 3 minutes to walk into the town centre now takes 13 mins including walking the gauntlet which is now the Civic Drive crossing. I want to walk into town not compete in the Crystal Maze. I did email the council to voice my concerns over the money wasted on Civic Drive however no one bothered to reply! They sit there in their Ivory Tower wasting our money! What a bunch of Idiots! With not an ounce of common sense between them!

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    Marty

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Why not take this opportunity to move the market away from the Cornhill? It is an eyesore and leaves the Cornhill messy and smelly. It makes the main open space in the town centre awful. It's not as if it sells anything decent.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I agree Chris Church, just as there should be a 'non of the above' option on polling slips

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    Robotix

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • They could turn it into an all year round skating rink, like they have the bus station, set up a little stall in front of debenhams selling ice skates, and then when members of the public fall and hurt themseves , tell them its their own fault , because they didnt hire skates lol

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    2plus2equals5

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Sorry, just to be clear... when I said "every" night I didn't mean Sundays. Obviously everyone goes home early that night to get up for work on Monday.

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    Citizen

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • All these years we have been told how new and existing buildings and areas have to be accessible and the chosen proposal consists of a maze of steps. Always suspicious how so much of our money and funding is spent around council owned buildings, I am sure if the IBC Customer Service Centre wasn't located where it was this proposal would probably have never got off the ground.

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    dale craven

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Ah Town Watch.... are you forgetting the new cinema going into the shopping centre? With the new Market Hill Ipswich town centre will become a vibrant jolly place thronged every evening of the week attracting debonair young men and svelte ladies enjoying the atmosphere of the pavement cafes and swaying to the sound of street musicians and hear the evensong of the birds in the trees. Alternatively there may just be a load of kids listening to tinny music on their mobiles, that bloke with a carrier bag of beer trying to con a cigarette out of you, blokes in orange jackets sweeping up yesterdays vegetables that they tried to sell today and some very drunk young ladies tottering down the street on unfeasably high heels. Hurrah for Ipswich! Hurrah for this new plan! (I really should get out more or at least see a doctor)

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    Citizen

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • People have every right to complain and take issue with things when it's their money that is being spent (wasted).

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    Esco Fiasco

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Wow, what to say about this! If we have that amount of money to spend on the town centre lets spend it on fixing all the many broken things, mend the paths, fiil in the holes, and improve the the place overall. The Cornhill is fine now, its an open space with flexibility to do many things. Why spend all this money to give us what we already have.! Oh but then that's exactly what's happened at our two bus stations, we knocked them down and then put them back as they were, its what we do...! And surely we are not going to encourage skateboarders to use this are we, as is shown in the photos! They have just had to go around all those odd concrete blocks on the other new developments and add bits to stop the boarders using them as they had started to get damaged..

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    mmm

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Words fail me!

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    another day in the mad house

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Three points: 1. "The design was chosen by a committee made up of representatives of the borough and county councils, Ipswich Central, UCS and Ipswich MP Ben Gummer." Were no 'ordinary' people involved in the final decision? It was the 'ordinary' people who said it was stupid to change the roundabout at the bottom of Civic Drive to a complex traffic light system at HUGE cost - and they were correct. I now just avoid the area. The 'ordinary' man possesses common sense; often missing from authority-led decisions. 2. "there will need to be a major fund-raising effort before any work to prepare the way for the project can start." This means it will never happen. 3. £3 million? Where does the money go on these projects? £2 million for consultancy?

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    Johnthebap

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I agree with Chris Church, spot on thoughts and opinions of the majority of working, taxpaying residents of Ipswich.

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    Chris Ward

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • We can picture it now. £3m spent to make it flat and our terrible market sat on it with rubbish everywhere and vans all over.

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    Neil (Suffolk)

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Mason Dixon - Yes there are a number of people who just moan and taunt, a lot of them hiding behind fake names, but I think that it's fair to say that the majority of articles I personally have moaned about have been these pointless money wasting ideas - this, Duke Street junction, Civic drive. And as someone pointed out there have been admissions from the council about how bad the civic drive changes have been. The cattle market changes and tower ramparts are just as bad. The council keeps wasting money and puts plans in place based on what IBC, SCC, UCS and Ben Gummer (?) think - never on what the people who actually use the town think. For the record I like the corn hill, use the market every week and have no problems getting around. It is simply a waste of my tax money!

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    Chris Church

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Cinema is on hold so when I say this town is empty it's empty I work there at night .nobody there 6days a week .vue cinemas up for sale .

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    Town watch

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • What a town full of moaners! God forbid the council actually try to make the town centre appealing and attractive not only to the people of ipswich but people of other towns and citys! I dont think the council should bother to do anything for you ungrateful lot.

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    trueblue123

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • A tree and a couple dancing is the answer, I love these spot the difference competitions. Whats the prize is it a trip to a proper shopping area Norwich.

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    a west

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Disappointing choice - why do we want to level the Cornhill out and what happens to the access down Lion Street and Princes Street either side of this new flat Cornhill? And the tower will detract from the existing attractive buildings around the Cornhill. Delusions of grandeur again. But never mind, it's merely tax payers' money being used .........

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    Johnny

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • out of all the final designs this is the most boring there is no life in it. so why choose it? I agree with other comments on here get what the ordinary people want rather than waste this money. there are better things to spend the cash on like getting people to come to ipswich first

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    common sense

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • All that money could sort out some of the dreadful council estates, put Civic drive back to how it was, any number of things. These people need to be sacked.

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    Mr M

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Has April fool's come early this year?

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    c white

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I'm very disappointed to see this was the plan selected. For people who use wheelchairs or even mums with babies in buggies or pushchairs it seems ridiculous. It's already hard enough over bricks to push a wheelchair without making it harder and more dangerous. Surely putting wood in a town centre will only lead to health and safety issues when it gets all wet and slimy. I hope the council are geared up for lots of claims against them for people with broken ankles. Why not use the money to improve the roads leading into the town or reduce parking charges. I'm pretty sure most people would agree that it would be a better form of encouragement to get people using the town again.

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    Hols Taylor

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • What a town full of moaners! God forbid the council actually try to make the town centre appealing and attractive not only to the people of ipswich but people of other towns and citys! I dont think the council should bother to do anything for you ungrateful lot.

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    trueblue123

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Has April fool's come early this year?

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    c white

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Can someone explain to me exactly how they would "level the Cornhill, giving a flat area from the front of Debenhams to the entrance to the Town Hall"? The entrance level of the Town Hall is up a considerable flight of steps. How exactly do they propose to put this on a level with all the surrounding buildings? Make the whole Town Hall sink into the ground?

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    blue&white

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • What a town full of moaners! God forbid the council actually try to make the town centre appealing and attractive not only to the people of ipswich but people of other towns and citys! I dont think the council should bother to do anything for you ungrateful lot.

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    trueblue123

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Also, it's called the Corn Hill for a reason. You can't flatten it without burying half the businesses!

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    Chris Church

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • out of all the final designs this is the most boring there is no life in it. so why choose it? I agree with other comments on here get what the ordinary people want rather than waste this money. there are better things to spend the cash on like getting people to come to ipswich first

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    common sense

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • And let's not forget the real jewel in the crown, a "Pound Shop" where Grimwades used to be ...

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    PC Plod

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • good old Ipswich council does it again! what a waste of money, as others have said spend it on road repairs. And if you are mad enough to implement this, make sure you have a good budget for personal accident claims, that wood will be treacherous, especially the steep ramp shown in the video.

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    john

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • I sense another bus station coming up. Patting themselves on the back after spending millions to make it looking the same. The employed management of the council is very very poor

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    Neil (Suffolk)

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • From the look of the first image in the article it looks as though the actual usable area for the market (sorry events) will be considerably smaller than it is now owing to all of the stepsaccess. Would also like to see the effect on the roads leading to Giles Folly passed WaitroseIBC Drop In as that is a slope now and is going to rise further surely. I wonder what the true brief was for this project given to architects - also please note no local companies were invited to tender, great to see IBC once again supporting the local community and its business network.

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    Mike Hunt

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I would like to first,see the money used for repairing the pot holes in the roads and the sinking pavements and gutters around the Town.

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    ChasD

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Im not paying for this, you can do one.

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    You What

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Shall we all just get a grip? The people on here appear to me to be serial moaners about the town yet when anyone suggests doing anything to improve things the naysayers crawl out from under the rocks purely to criticise without offering any alternatives....if you are going to criticise let us at least doing it in a constructive manner. I can see peoples issue with the markets in their current form but from the design on show here there appears to be some new market stalls which are more "architectural" than the current scaffold poles and tarps so in reality the market may be tidied up in the process and after all the market has historically always been the centre of the town and surely a provision for it, albeit in a modified, more organised, tidy format may actually be a benefit to the town. Where at any point does it say that this new plateau on the Corn Exchange will be of timber construction? To me this looks like it will be dark granite. I like the tower in the scheme but did prefer the slightly more aggressive looking tower in the original consultation document

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    Mason Dixon

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Come on folks let's be positive. I can't see any traffic lights at all. At least that must be viewed as a positive first in Ipswich planning.

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    england1770

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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