‘Eye Spy’ project to be launched around old Ipswich Police Station

The demolition of the old Ipswich Police Station is almost complete.

The demolition of the old Ipswich Police Station is almost complete. - Credit: Su Anderson

The demolition of the old Ipswich police station is due to be complete by the end of the month.

In a bid brighten up the area, owner Ipswich Borough Council plans to install new hoardings around the Elm Street site, once it is level.

The hoardings will have on them a number of images of famous places in the town taken from elusive angles.

The project is being named ‘Eye Spy’ and challenges observers to take a guess at what landmark the picture depicts. The answers will be available on the Ipswich Borough Council website, along with a few facts about each one.

“We think that will lift that whole area of the town centre,” an Ipswich Borough Council spokesman said. “They are due to be installed at the end of the month and there really are some wacky pictures.

“It’s just a nice way of enhancing a development site to make it interesting and more attractive.”

It is hoped the area will be clear by early November, and then the borough council will consider options for the site, the spokesman added.

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The destruction has been carried out by GBM demolition contractors and RG Carter will do the final tidy up.

Opening in the late 1960s, the police moved out of the majority of the building in September 2012 when most of its work transferred to Landmark House on the north-west edge of Ipswich.

A few rooms on the ground-floor remained open until the new police station launched in Museum Street last summer.

When the police left, the building was sold back to Ipswich Borough Council, which had originally built it more than 50 years ago.

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