Waterfront Waves

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.

Wave2

Waterfront news

Tributes and flowers have been left outside UCS on the Ipswich Waterfront in memory to the boy who died there on Saturday morning.

Ipswich: Tributes paid to Rhys Lungley, 20, who died after motorcycle crash outside UCS building in Ipswich

Heartfelt tributes were last night paid to an Ipswich man who died after the motorcycle he was travelling on collided with railings and glass outside the UCS building on the Waterfront.

Read full story »

Artist's impression of Sailmakers - the new name for Tower Ramparts.

Ipswich: Tower Ramparts tenants welcome new investment

Proposals for a £4 million revamp for the Tower Ramparts shopping centre have received a warm welcome from tenants after they were formally unveiled to them yesterday.

Read full story »

Artist's impression of Sailmakers - the new name for Tower Ramparts.

Ipswich: Tower Ramparts to get a multi-million makeover to become Sailmakers

The Tower Ramparts shopping centre is to get a £4million makeover next year – getting a new identity and hopefully some new shops.

Read full story »

Waterfront logo

Tributes and flowers have been left outside UCS on the Ipswich Waterfront in memory to the boy who died there on Saturday morning.

Ipswich: Tributes paid to Rhys Lungley, 20, who died after motorcycle crash outside UCS building in Ipswich

Heartfelt tributes were last night paid to an Ipswich man who died after the motorcycle he was travelling on collided with railings and glass outside the UCS building on the Waterfront.

Read full story »

Artist's impression of Sailmakers - the new name for Tower Ramparts.

Ipswich: Tower Ramparts tenants welcome new investment

Proposals for a £4 million revamp for the Tower Ramparts shopping centre have received a warm welcome from tenants after they were formally unveiled to them yesterday.

Read full story »

Artist's impression of Sailmakers - the new name for Tower Ramparts.

Ipswich: Tower Ramparts to get a multi-million makeover to become Sailmakers

The Tower Ramparts shopping centre is to get a £4million makeover next year – getting a new identity and hopefully some new shops.

Read full story »

waves

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

loading...
iwitness24 Your news is our news Facebook Like your local paper Twitter Join the conversation Ipswich Borough Council

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT