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Fishy future for sub station

PUBLISHED: 03:00 03 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:19 03 March 2010

WHAT'S going on beneath the wraps?

There really is no mystery, just the undercover transformation that is turning a former electricity sub station into the new home for Mortimers Seafood Restaurant.

WHAT'S going on beneath the wraps?

There really is no mystery, just the undercover transformation that is turning a former electricity sub station into the new home for Mortimers Seafood Restaurant.

Although restaurant manager, Jeremy Farrant is staying tight-lipped about when he will be able to move from Wherry Quay on Ipswich Waterfront into the converted building, completion was never expected much before January.

In July last year planning permission was given to transform the former sub station on the junction of Duke Street and Bishop's Hill and at the time Mr Farrant said the work was expected to take up to 18 months.

Today he told The Evening Star: "There is still a lot of work to do and I really have no further comment to make at the moment."

Mortimers is a victim of its own success by outgrowing its current home and bigger premises were called for.

A feature of the quayside for many years, Mortimers was one of the founding revivers of the once shabby docklands area.

Over the years it has seen its re-birth and development into what is now a thriving scene and in its move to an area just behind the transforming river setting it could be at the forefront of yet another site of regeneration.

Mortimers has been leasing its present premises from a private owner but it owns the sub station site, something that will be of benefit to the restaurant and its customers, Mr Farrant believed.

When completed it is expected that the restaurant will be on two floors and there will be improved car parking facilities for customers, something which has been a problem in the past.

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