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Housing boost for waterfront

PUBLISHED: 15:37 22 April 2003 | UPDATED: 13:46 03 March 2010

WATERFRONT living in Ipswich has been given a further boost with the announcement today of more than 170 new homes.

The homes are to be built on a 3.5-acre site next to the historic Wet Dock and marinas in Ipswich following a deal between the Shaftesbury Housing Group and developer Providus Homes.

WATERFRONT living in Ipswich has been given a further boost with the announcement today of more than 170 new homes.

The homes are to be built on a 3.5-acre site next to the historic Wet Dock and marinas in Ipswich following a deal between the Shaftesbury Housing Group and developer Providus Homes.

The development, in Rapier Street, will include 139 flats and 35 houses and is expected to take two years to complete. Work is due to start immediately.

Under the deal, 43 of the new properties have been pre-sold to Shaftesbury Housing Group for rent and shared ownership. The rest will be sold on the open market.

David Cotterill, development director of the Shaftesbury Housing Group said: "This is a very exciting project which will have a significant impact on local housing needs. The development will include a great deal of public open space and other features to create a tranquil and attractive environment."

The development is part of an overall £250million transformation of the Waterfront area included in the dreams of Ipswich Borough Council to revitilise the town's Wet Dock.

In turn the development, which includes home building by Persimmon Homes and Bellway plus the recently announced Neptune Marina complex of homes, retail and hotel accommodation.

The whole waterfront facelift is seen as a boost to the economy and is furthering the option for living in the town centre of town.

The new homes, individually designed by architects Barefoot and Gilles, will consist of spacious family homes and flats in blocks of three to seven storeys - the tallest being an elliptical 'landmark' tower overlooking the main access route from the town centre.

A combination of high-tech and traditional materials will be used to provide a striking visual effect.

A special purpose company, Rapier Street Development, has been formed to carry out the development, and RG Carter Ipswich Ltd has been appointed as building contractor.

Shaftesbury Housing Group dates back to the mid 19th century. Today the group provides social housing and care and support services for more than 25,000 people, employing 1,500 to manage 11,000 homes across the country.

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