The former Cult Café on Ipswich Waterfront is being revamped as a new space for students of the University of Suffolk.

Cult, a prominent daytime coffee shop and nighttime music venue, suddenly shut its doors in the spring.

It had been based in the university's James Hehir building since 2013, with a difference in strategy cited as the reason for the closure.

But it is set to reopen in the new academic year as part of a collaboration between the University of Suffolk and Access Community Trust, based in Lowestoft.

Ipswich Star: Cult in Ipswich closed earlier this yearCult in Ipswich closed earlier this year (Image: Newsquest)

The students' union has voted on choosing the name Mix for the revamped venue, which will be a new social space and café for those attending the university.

Students will be polled on a range of factors for Mix, including price points, food options, opening times, furniture and décor.

Wesley Doyle, project co-ordinator for Access, said: "Access Community Trust is delighted to be working in partnership with University of Suffolk and the students’ union to deliver a safe and all-inclusive social space for those attending the university campus.

Ipswich Star: Wesley Doyle of AccessWesley Doyle of Access (Image: University of Suffolk)

"Access already operates a number of successful social enterprise cafes across the region, that promote social inclusion within their communities, and we look forward to increasing specialist student support, not only from ourselves but from other local charities which we proudly work with.

"This unique venue collaboration will offer a range of food, drinks, and events that enhances the student experience, it will also create employment opportunities for those studying at the campus and the wider local community."

Ipswich Star: Lewis Woolston and Katie Pickard from the University of SuffolkLewis Woolston and Katie Pickard from the University of Suffolk (Image: University of Suffolk)

Lewis Woolston, president of education from the University of Suffolk’s students’ union, added: "The students’ union is delighted to be working in collaboration with the university and Access Community Trust on this project – it is an exciting opportunity to create a vibrant and inclusive area for our student community."