Skyline changes in town

VIDEO Ipswich's skyline has changed over the last few days - with one huge structure coming down and another taking its place as a new landmark.

IPSWICH'S skyline has changed over the last few days - with one huge structure coming down and another taking its place as a new landmark.

Exactly one year after they began to dominate the town's waterfront area, one of the giant cranes has been dismantled.

In time, the remaining three cranes will also go as The Mill and Regatta Quay developments near completion.

Meanwhile just two miles away a new permanent addition to the skyline was taking shape - a new wind turbine.


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It took engineers just a few short hours to dismantle take down the crane that went up just as quickly on September 14 2007.

At times the cranes looked as though they might interlock arms but hi-tech sensors enabled them to communicate with each other and prevent a disaster.

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The all new waterfront area is likely to be finished by 2010 and the progress so far has been in no small part down to the dexterity of these soaring machines.

A Laing O'Rourke spokesman said: “The removal of these two cranes is an important step, revealing a wonderful new skyline including East Anglia's tallest building.

“This past week saw the 'topping out' of the 23rd storey of the Mill development, a strategically important step in the regeneration of Ipswich's waterfront.”

Meanwhile east Ipswich today has a new landmark after a 13-metre high wind turbine was installed.

The turbine was placed beside the head office for Mediterranean Shipping Company (UK) at Ransomes Europark, Ipswich, using a 25-tonne mobile crane.

With a rotor blade diameter of 11 metres and a motor rating of 20 kilowatts, the turbine is expected to reduce the carbon footprint of the new building by more than 10per cent - equivalent to providing the energy required by four average homes each year.

Robin Green, of Bower Fuller, which installed the turbine, said it was the culmination of a year's work and described it as a “modern landmark”.

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