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Ipswich Cornhill work on schedule as water tank swung into position

PUBLISHED: 14:51 24 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:53 25 April 2018

The tank for the water feature arrives on the Cornhill. Picture: PAUL GEATER

The tank for the water feature arrives on the Cornhill. Picture: PAUL GEATER

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Work to redevelop Ipswich Cornhill has taken a significant step forward with the delivery of a new underground tank for the water feature at the heart of the revamped town centre.

Work on the Cornhill is well under way. Picture: PAUL GEATERWork on the Cornhill is well under way. Picture: PAUL GEATER

The 16,000-litre tank will be fitted in a trench being dug in front of the Town Hall – and will feed water to an 18-spout fountain that is expected to be the centrepiece of the Cornhill.

This will have variable speeds – and will also be able to be switched off when the Cornhill is needed for a major event. The water will be filtered and clean constantly while the fountains are working.

Contractors Brooks and Wood are on schedule with the work – and the first new-look paving is starting to emerge in front of Debenhams.

But it was the arrival of the tank on Tuesday morning that showed how the work was progressing well.

The tank for the water feature arrives on the Cornhill. Picture: PAUL GEATERThe tank for the water feature arrives on the Cornhill. Picture: PAUL GEATER

A spokesman for the borough council, which is overseeing the refurbishment, said the work programme was on schedule and it should be completed by the end of October.

The section in the middle of the Cornhill, between the Town Hall and the former Post Office building, should be completed in the summer – giving pedestrians an “avenue” from the top of Princes Street which is the new home of the market to the Lloyds Avenue arch.

The plaques for the four arches to be put up outside Pret a Manger in the former Grimwades building are now being created – marking Ipswich Pioneers, Historic Ipswich, Footballing Knights, and the Maritime Town.

The £3.6m revamp of the Cornhill is being funded by a consortium of the borough council, county council, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, and Ipswich Central – all working under the Ipswich Vision umbrella.

The chair of the Ipswich Vision, Terry Hunt, was delighted by the progress being made on the Cornhill: “Work is going well and it is on schedule to be open by the end of October.

“That will be a fantastic start to the Christmas season with a real tree provided again by Ipswich Central.

“Looking further ahead I can’t wait to enjoy a coffee or a pint at one of the cafes or bars around the Cornhill while watching children playing in the water feature – it will be a really exciting place in the heart of our town.”


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