Room with a view for Dave

WHAT'S the view from your office window like? Dull? Uninspiring?The chances are whatever your vista you're pretty bored by it. Well 22-year-old Dave Cone is one man who can't complain.

WHAT'S the view from your office window like? Dull? Uninspiring?

The chances are whatever your vista you're pretty bored by it.

Well 22-year-old Dave Cone is one man who can't complain.

Perched 74 metres up above the rooftops of Ipswich, Dave has had to conquer his fear of heights just to do his job.


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These pictures show the daily scene which greets Dave as the operator of the crane towering high above Ipswich's waterfront.

Dave is playing a crucial role in the construction of the Regatta Quay development and he will be based in Ipswich for the next two years.

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Dave, from Lowestoft, said: “I used to be pretty bad with heights. When I was taking the two-week course (to learn how to operate the crane), I didn't look down, I just kept climbing up.

“It was pretty scary at first, but by the end of the two weeks, it didn't bother me.

“I can see past the Orwell Bridge and the cranes at Felixstowe, and I can see the BT building. Everything just looks small.”

The crane, which has a 50 metre jib and can lift up to eight tonnes, is the first of three which will serve the Blenheim House and Savills development.

Dave's working day spans from 7.30am to 5.30pm - and there are special arrangements for his personal needs.

The 12-storey Regatta Quay development, being built for client City Living, will eventually provide nearly 290 homes along with a new theatre, shops, cafés and office space.

The entire development should be fully occupied by the middle of 2009.

Do you have an unusual view from where you work? What do you think of the transformation of the Waterfront? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

All the pictures taken by Dave can be seen on our website www.eveningstar.co.uk.

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