New mega-structure for Waterfront

VIDEO A major new landmark has appeared on Ipswich's skyline with the appearance of a massive crane which has been installed on the Waterfront.The fourth huge crane to appear on Ipswich's rapidly changing Waterfront is on the site of the former Cranfields grain mill which is currently being developed into flats, offices, and a new home for the Dance East dance company.

A MAJOR new landmark has appeared on Ipswich's skyline with the appearance of a massive crane which has been installed on the Waterfront.

The fourth huge crane to appear on Ipswich's rapidly changing Waterfront is on the site of the former Cranfields grain mill which is currently being developed into flats, offices, and a new home for the Dance East dance company.

It has been installed by contractors Laing O'Rourke, which is building the major new development which will feature a 23-storey tower block - the tallest tower block in Suffolk.

The crane will join two which have been installed on the neighbouring Regatta Mill site and one on the university site further along the Waterfront.

The lower sections of the crane were manoeuvred into place by a smaller mobile machine before the arm was installed.

The crane is due to start working later this week lifting heavy construction materials into position at the site.

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The Mill development is expected to take about two years to complete, with the work due to be completed late in 2009.

Eventually it will include 320 homes, restaurants, cafés, and the dance studio with a 200-seat auditorium.

At the start of the month, an 80-metre tower crane was erected on the nearby Regatta Quay site. It is seven-metres taller than a similar saddle tower crane already on the site.

The cranes have been erected along the Waterfront as building accelerates on a series of high-rise projects which will transform the area.

What do you think of the transformation of Ipswich's Waterfront? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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