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For centuries, the Ipswich Dock has played a vital role in the town’s economic success.

The docks sit on a bend in the River Orwell and have been in operation since at least the 8th century, in fact, when the wet dock area was constructed in 1842 it was the biggest enclosed dock in the UK.

The vision of the Victorian town fathers has produced a facility that is still important for commerce and now as an attraction for local people and tourists.

In 1997 the port was sold by Ipswich Ports Ltd to Associated British Ports and soon after new facilities were built, bringing about the first wave of the Waterfront regeneration.

The next wave came in 2000, when a £1.9m agribulk storage facility opened, new automated lock gates were installed and the 180-berth Ipswich Haven Marina opened – bringing the yachting fraternity to Ipswich.

The Old Custom House was refurbished and restored and new buildings began springing up along the quaysides and beyond, including The Salthouse Hotel – Ipswich’s only 4-star hotel, University Campus Suffolk, which opened in 2008, and controversial development The Mill, which is East Anglia’s tallest building.

The Jerwood DanceHouse brings an artistic touch to the Waterfront while Isaacs, The Waterfront Bistro, Aurora, The Last Anchor and Coffee Link all offer food, drink and entertainment.

There are regular events celebrating the past, present and future including the summer Maritime Festival.

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From left,  Tom Cotterill, Chris Hayden and Deborah Hayden of Anytime Fitness.

New Anytime Fitness gym to open in the Ipswich Waterfront

Work has started on the creation of a new gym on the Waterfront in Ipswich.

Read full story »

Wolsey's Gate

How can Ipswich make the most of the Tudor revival bought about by BBC series Wolf Hall?

The new BBC series Wolf Hall has brought Tudor England – and particularly the activities of Thomas Cromwell in Henry VIII’s court – to a wider audience.

Read full story »

A new innovation centre will be developed at UCS in Ipswich.

PM David Cameron backs plans for a Wet Dock Crossing in Ipswich linking Wherstead Road with Cliff Quay

A new technology and innovation centre and preliminary work on a project for a new wet dock crossing in Ipswich are among the projects to get funding from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership in the latest government Growth Deal announcement.

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