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Architect announced for new development

PUBLISHED: 12:19 12 June 2005 | UPDATED: 05:54 02 March 2010

AN architect who previously built a house for Janet Street-Porter will take charge of a £75million development at the Ipswich waterfront.

Piers Gough, who also designed the Westbourne Grove public toilets in west London, will hold a conference later on in June to discuss plans for the St Peter's Port development.

AN architect who previously built a house for Janet Street-Porter will take charge of a £75million development at the Ipswich waterfront.

Piers Gough, who also designed the Westbourne Grove public toilets in west London, will hold a conference later on in June to discuss plans for the St Peter's Port development.

The development, which lies between Star Lane and College Street, includes plans to build three hotels, a restaurant, shopping centre, 30 apartments and a 450-space underground car park.

Planning permission for the glass-façade development was handed into Ipswich Borough Council at the start of April.

But further plans about the site will be announced on June 27 when Mr Gough hosts a conference.

Other speakers at the event will include Ipswich MP Chris Mole, Bob Feltwell, of the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and members of the developers behind the project, Braceforce.

It is expected the development, which will use more glass than the Willis building, will take two and a half years to complete.

Braceforce has already started work on the former Burton's factory at the Ipswich Waterfront.

Demolition on this development, called Cardinal Lofts, started in April.

Max Hembry, project manager at Braceforce, said: "Demolition work is well underway on Cardinal Lofts.

"We are hoping to be able to put the windows in and render the outside of the building within the next seven weeks. From then on it will look like it is taking shape.

"The whole thing is going very well and we think the whole development should be finished by this time next year."


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