Ipswich: New office block set to take shape on edge of town centre

A new office block could be built in Princes Street, Ipswich.

A new office block could be built in Princes Street, Ipswich. - Credit: Archant

Another office could be built on Princes Street near Axa and St Clare House.

The borough wants to pull down the empty former garage building that was used by Landspeed and then Avanti Autos to clear the site for new development.

It is to ask for planning permission for the demolition and to build new offices there – although details of any new building would not be settled until a tenant was found.

The council owns the site and hopes to see a five-storey 50,000 square foot office block built there.

Council Leader David Ellesmere said: “We are submitting this application because there is a shortage of modern good quality office accommodation in Ipswich.

“There are a number of Ipswich firms who have been looking for quality office accommodation for some time and being unable to move to find suitable accommodation limits their ability to grow and recruit and retain staff.”

The new building will be opposite a new corporate headquarters for law firm Birketts which is due to be built on the site of the Riley’s Pool Club.

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And the Council’s Property Team is in the advanced stage of discussions with the current leaseholders over the former Fison building further down Princes Street.

Princes Street has been identified by a number of firms as the preferred location for new offices and Mr Ellesmere added: “We don’t intend to build the new office without first securing a tenant but having a scheme with planning consent will enable us to act quickly should a tenant be identified.”