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Nine new housing developments starting in Ipswich town centre in 2017

PUBLISHED: 17:54 05 February 2017 | UPDATED: 16:21 06 February 2017

The proposed flats and hotel on the Grafton Way site for Plutus.

The proposed flats and hotel on the Grafton Way site for Plutus.

Every week there seems to be a new proposal come up for more homes to be built in Ipswich town centre - some large developments, some small scale conversions.

Architect Anna Ryten with the plans for Plutus Estate's new development in Grafton Way.Architect Anna Ryten with the plans for Plutus Estate's new development in Grafton Way.

Today we look at what is on the way for the town.

Grafton Way: The newest proposal, and one of the largest. Plutus Estates wants to build more than 250 homes (135 houses, 120 flats) on what was going to be the site of a new Tesco superstore.

Proposals for the new homes at Grafton Way by Plutus Estates.Proposals for the new homes at Grafton Way by Plutus Estates.

A planning application will be submitted in the summer and the company hopes to start work on the major project in 2019.

The Wine Rack: Developer John Howard is hoping to start work filling out this skeleton later this year to provide 15 luxury flats.

Regatta Quay, known locally as the Wine Rack.Regatta Quay, known locally as the Wine Rack.

It was originally part of the Regatta Quay development, but its developers went into administration in 2009 before it was completed.

Lower Brook Street: Three proposals for this street. The former offices of the Ipswich Star and EADT are set to be demolished and replaced by a 51-home McCarthy & Stone retirement development.

McCarthy & Stone has made a planning application to build new retirement homes on the former newspaper site between Lower Brook Street and Turret Lane, Ipswich.
Archant, publishes of the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star, have moved to new offices at Portman House, Princes Street.
These images are of the intended development.McCarthy & Stone has made a planning application to build new retirement homes on the former newspaper site between Lower Brook Street and Turret Lane, Ipswich. Archant, publishes of the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star, have moved to new offices at Portman House, Princes Street. These images are of the intended development.

Elsewhere in the street the former newspaper social club is set to be converted into three homes – and offices at the top of the street could be converted into eight homes.

Rope Walk: The former county council offices at St Edmund House have been converted into 74 flats.

The former St Edmund House in Rope Walk which has been converted into 74 homes.The former St Edmund House in Rope Walk which has been converted into 74 homes.

Now a planning application has been made to demolish the former county council social club and build new homes on that site.

Museum Street: Law company Birketts currently occupies several offices along this street in buildings that were originally townhouses built in the 18th and 19th century.

Birketts office, Museum street Ipswich Birketts office, Museum street Ipswich

Birketts is due to move to Princes Street early next year and it is expected their current offices will be converted back into homes – although probably smaller than those that were originally built for the town’s wealthy professionals.

Electric House: The former administrative headquarters of Eastern Electricity has been converted into flats.

There are new flats being created in well-known buildings in the heart of Ipswich, like Electric House on Tower Ramparts.There are new flats being created in well-known buildings in the heart of Ipswich, like Electric House on Tower Ramparts.

The ground floor – once the home of Radio Orwell – is now an estate agency.

Queen’s House: The former headquarters of the Britannia Building Society in Queen Street has been converted into flats on the upper floors.

Queen's House in Queen Street, Ipswich - the former headquarters of the Britannia Building Society.Queen's House in Queen Street, Ipswich - the former headquarters of the Britannia Building Society.

The ground floor is still a branch of the Co-op Bank which merged with the building society in 2009.

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