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Cornhill work on schedule despite request to do work on weekends, say Ipswich chiefs

PUBLISHED: 16:51 21 June 2018

Architects' impression of the new look for Ipswich Cornhill Picture: IPSWICH VISION

Architects' impression of the new look for Ipswich Cornhill Picture: IPSWICH VISION

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Chiefs behind the Cornhill revamp work in Ipswich have denied the project is behind schedule, after an application was submitted to allow contractors to work weekends and bank holidays.

New paving on the Ipswich Cornhill Picture: ARCHANTNew paving on the Ipswich Cornhill Picture: ARCHANT

Ipswich Borough Council submitted a variation of condition planning application this week to allow longer construction hours outside the hours of 8am-6pm on weekdays, Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays.

The application claims it will “allow for greater flexibility regarding delivery of the works”.

Despite the application, council bosses have said that the work remains on schedule, and there are no immediate plans to work in these additional hours at this stage.

A borough council spokesman said: “The project remains on schedule for completion at the end of October.

Work is underway on the Ipswich Cornhill   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNWork is underway on the Ipswich Cornhill Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“We are seeking permission to enable work to be carried out at weekends.

“This will help ensure that the works are completed on time and will give greater flexibility as to when work can be done.”

The spokesman added that it will also allow construction teams to continue work sooner if a phase is close to completion.

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The £3.6million revamp is set to be completed by the end of October, and aims to be a “new focal point for everyone to enjoy”.

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