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Video: £9million redevelopment of former Fisons building in Ipswich set to get under way next month

PUBLISHED: 12:43 05 March 2015 | UPDATED: 12:43 05 March 2015

Inside the former Fison's building in Princes Street, Ipswich that is going to undergo a multi million pound redevelopment.  Cllr David Ellesmere with Malcolm Hobbs of Hobbs Read ltd

Inside the former Fison's building in Princes Street, Ipswich that is going to undergo a multi million pound redevelopment. Cllr David Ellesmere with Malcolm Hobbs of Hobbs Read ltd

Work on a £9million office redevelopment of the former Fisons headquarters building is due to get underway in April, it was announced today.

Inside the former Fison's building in Princes Street, Ipswich that is going to undergo a multi million pound redevelopment. 
Cllr David Ellesmere with Malcolm Hobbs of Hobbs Read ltd Inside the former Fison's building in Princes Street, Ipswich that is going to undergo a multi million pound redevelopment. Cllr David Ellesmere with Malcolm Hobbs of Hobbs Read ltd

PDR construction Ltd has now been appointed to lead the transformation of the Princes Street facility. The work is expected to be completed as early as January 2016.

The project will include a full fit-out with raised floors, suspended ceilings, air conditioning and two lifts. Ipswich Borough Council sold the freehold of the building this year to Malcolm Hobbs, the developer behind the Earls Colne Business Park in Essex, and his partner, Joe Read.

Mr Hobbs said: “We are committed to this important investment in Ipswich and are moving quickly to provide a premier location for the business community. We are grateful for the support of the borough council and look forward to work getting under way in mid-April. This is good news for Ipswich, for business and for jobs.”

Council leader David Ellesmere added: “This is not only another major step in transforming an important gateway between the station and the town centre, it is also a vote of confidence in the town and the local economy.”

The council has also submitted a planning application with a view to marketing the Landspeed/Avanti site in Princes Street for redevelopment and law firm, Birketts, has announced its intention to relocate to a site on the street.

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