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Luxury apartments for Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 13:46 08 August 2001 | UPDATED: 15:16 03 March 2010

TWO more new luxury apartment buildings are set for Ipswich - one overlooking the docklands and the other in the town centre.

Over the next four months work will start to transform a car park in Friars Street into prestigious apartments near two of Ipswich town centre's greatest landmarks.

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TWO more new luxury apartment buildings are set for Ipswich – one overlooking the docklands and the other in the town centre.

Over the next four months work will start to transform a car park in Friars Street into prestigious apartments near two of Ipswich town centre's greatest landmarks.

The land, next to the Unitarian Meeting House, will be turned into a block of 18 apartments and two houses by a London-based firm.

It is a prime site in the town centre just yards away from the 1975-built glass Willis building designed by the award-winning architect Sir Norman Foster.

A spokesman for Ipswich Borough Council said: "We hope to be in a position to issue detailed permission very shortly and we welcome the transformation of this part of the town centre.

"We are sure it will prove an attractive and vibrant location for people to live in."

Meanwhile in the last week Beeson Properties have submitted a planning application for luxury flats near the docklands.

A total of 51 flats, two shops, office space and a restaurant are earmarked for the site of the former St Peter's Warehouse, which burned down early last year.

The borough spokesman added: "While not wishing to talk about this individual application before it comes before the development control committee, it does show confidence in the waterfront renaissance.

"Over the past few years we have seen some very exciting developments in the wet dock area and many more are in the pipeline."

The car park in Friars Street was bought by London-based developers Gracemore Homes for an undisclosed sum through Ipswich-based Harris Commercial chartered surveyors.

Stan Beanland, partner at Ipswich-based Beanland Associates Architects said the site will include a mix of spacious apartments, including penthouses, plus parking for 20 vehicles.

"Plans have already been submitted and approved in principle," he said. "If all goes well work should start in the next three to four months."

It follows Bellway Home's Neptune Quay apartments built last year and modelled on a similar development in London Docklands.

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