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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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An impression of the possible development of the island site with the double bridge over the lock in the foreground.

Mixed welcome heralds Enterprise Island plans

Proposals for an “Enterprise Island” in the heart of the Ipswich Waterfront have received a mixed welcome in the town.

Read full story »

Aerial picuture showing the New Cut (left) and the lock gates (right) which would be crossed by the new bridge over the Orwell.

Video: New “Enterprise Island” could transform Ipswich Waterfront

A multi-million pound new business area in the heart of the Waterfront could transform Ipswich’s business prospects over the next decade.

Read full story »

Tall Ships dock on the Ipswich waterfront on Thursday, 16 October for the Race of the Classics sailing race.

Video: Tall ships sail into Ipswich as part of annual Race of the Classics

Eyes turned towards Ipswich’s Waterfront today as an impressive fleet of tall ships sailed to the town’s shores as part of a challenge called the Race of the Classics.

Read full story »

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