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New hope for Cranfields site

PUBLISHED: 14:55 20 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:33 03 March 2010

A COMPETITION aimed at finding a new use for one of the most prominent sites on the Ipswich Waterfront is due to be launched next week.

The East of England Development Agency is organising the competition which should transform the northern quay of the Waterfront.

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A COMPETITION aimed at finding a new use for one of the most prominent sites on the Ipswich Waterfront is due to be launched next week.

The East of England Development Agency (EEDA) is organising the competition which should transform the northern quay of the Waterfront.

A number of uses for the site have been suggested – including homes, offices, hotels, bars, restaurants, and retail units.

However it is unclear whether the buildings themselves – some of which date to the Victorian era – will be retained or will have to be demolished first.

Bill Samuel, EEDA's chief executive said: "Ipswich is a vibrant town with a growing hi-tech economy and a waterfront area which is one of the most exciting regeneration opportunities in the country.

"We look forward to receiving some really creative ideas for redeveloping this important site which links Ipswich's town centre with its waterfront area."

Suffolk County Council leader Chris Mole, who is also a director of EEDA, said the competition was a vote of confidence in the area.

"That site is very important for the whole area – and Ipswich is a town with a great deal of potential.

"I am delighted that EEDA feels able to support this development."

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