Landmark building takes shape

UNIVERSITY Campus Suffolk's landmark building on Ipswich's waterfront is beginning to take shape as it is due to take formal possession of the building.

UNIVERSITY Campus Suffolk's landmark building on Ipswich's waterfront is beginning to take shape as it is due to take formal possession of the building.

Work on the outside of the six-storey building, which backs on to Fore Street, is almost completed and is starting to resemble the artist's impression.

Cladding has started to come down on the Waterfront-facing side of the building - half the scaffolding has now been removed.

Once this is completed, the cladding will be exposed and work can be finished on the side of the building.

The building is to be completed fitted-out internally over the next two months and is set to be ready in time for the students starting in September.

It will be the first building of the UCS development that is completed.

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A spokeswoman for UCS said: “It will be predominately a teaching space. The majority of courses, apart from a few art courses, will be moved over there from the current shared facility with Suffolk New College. There will be lecture theatres, small rooms for seminars and two faculty offices.

“There will be around 200 members of staff working there, which includes support staff for students.”

This building is in the first phase of the four-phase project, due to be completed in 2012.

One of the next buildings to go up will be on land next to Neptune Quay where the second phase of the new UCS is due to take place over the next few years.

How do you think the development of the UCS is going? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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