THE town’s newest hotel is set to open its doors for the first time later this month – bringing a welcome new boost for the Waterfront.

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And the opening of the Premier Inn on Star Lane is just the first phase in what should be a momentous year for this part of the town.

Work is due to start in the spring on restoring and refurbishing St Mary at Quay church which is due to be converted into a wellbeing centre by Suffolk MIND in a £3.5million project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The total investment in the new hotel is £5 million. As well as 85 bedrooms, it will have a bar/restaurant.

It will employ 32 full-time staff and should be a major boost to the town’s business and tourism economy.

Ipswich council leader David Ellesmere said the investment in the Waterfront was good news – even though the pace of progress was not as fast as it had been a few years ago.

He said: “The Premier Inn and St Mary’s projects are comparatively small compared with the major schemes we saw before the recession.

“But they are very important because they show the development of the Waterfront is continuing – and there is also movement at The Mill and plans coming forward for UCS.”

The new developments were also welcomed by Ipswich MP Ben Gummer who said they would be more sustainable than some of the developments that went up before the recession.

He said: “Look at their uses. There is a business hotel which is going to bring people for work and wanting to do business in Ipswich.

“And the restoration of St Mary at Quay will create a magnificent new public space and will help to link the Waterfront with the rest of the developing town centre.”

11 comments

  • The place looks like a cesspit and it is brand new. That is Ipswich all over

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    the opinion man

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • FANTASTIC BIT OF PLANNING , BUILD BETWEEN THE TWO MOST BUSIEST THROUGH ROADS IN THE TOWN ??

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    MIGUEL100

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • This will only bring a "welcome boost" if people actually use it, personally I don't see that happening unless existing hotels in the town are overflowing with bookings? As for being a "business hotel to bring people for work" one question - what work would that be with companies still closing down every week!!

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    MZH

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Ipswich does seem to have a habit of allowing ANYTHING to be built , as long as it is for commercial gain ..... you only have to look at carr street , greyfriars , st vincent plus many more .. instant gain to the developers , absolutely NO gain to the town its asthetics or an improvement in the opinion of the town regionally ... Mr Gummer would praise anything to get his name in th paper again ... i'm afraid that in E anglia , Ipswich is a bit of an embarrasment and a joke !!

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    sgm

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

  • @MZH - hotels are overflowing with bookings! I work for one of the budget hotel chains, and believe me there are few days when we're not fully booked...we often have to turn potential guests away simply because we don't have the accommodation to offer them!

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    BobCat1990

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

  • Well it's certainly in keeping with the rest of the area. Absolutely hideous! Just how ugly do buildings have to be before Ipswich Borough will turn down the planning application?

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    beerlover

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • @ Will Jennings - that's the wrong scheme. This hotel was always part of the Mill development. The one you're refering to is St Peter's Port which is a bit further down where Wolsey's Gate and St Peter's Church are... the developer still plans to go ahead with it, though I'm not sure it will happen to be honest

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    Scott Brock

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

  • A frighteningly ugly piece of architecture in one of the most important locations in the town. This is the key link between the town and the waterfront development area and it's not only a disappointment but a huge missed opportunity. A long way away from the initial scheme which appointed a world renowned architect to design the hotel schemes for the area and was spoken about highly by the Commission for the Built Environment: http:webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk20110118095356http:www.cabe.org.ukdesign-reviewst-peters-port

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    Will Jennings

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • It's just a budget hotel. It's not going to bring people to town. It's just going to provide accommodation for those who already wishneed to visit. It's not boosting Ipswich at all. The 32 new jobs will be offset shortly after by a reduction in jobs at other hotels in the area, when they're not so busy.

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    Erm, Why?

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • That's right people of Ipswich, you too can now live the high life within the village of Waterfront! Just book a weekend at the Premier Inn - with incredible facilities including: building site views, constant traffic noise and over-priced restaurant and bars!... Pathetic...

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    Fat Lady Sings

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • I agree Miguel100, whats the point of investing on crossings when Joe public don't even use them. Star lane is like a race track, if your not in fith gear and doing 70mph by the time your at the Novotel , then some plonker will overtake and cut you up.

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    an idea

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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