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Waterfront projects continue to flow

PUBLISHED: 21:30 13 June 2002 | UPDATED: 12:05 03 March 2010

MORE significant developments in the regeneration of the Waterfront area of Ipswich are currently underway.

Housebuilder Bellway Homes have started building new flats next to the Felaw Maltings business centre beside the New Cut.

MORE significant developments in the regeneration of the Waterfront area of Ipswich are currently underway.

Housebuilder Bellway Homes have started building new flats next to the Felaw Maltings business centre beside the New Cut.

Final talks about the redevelopment of the former Cranfields building are currently underway between the East of England Development Agency and the company planning to breathe new life into the large disused building.

And the latest development by Associated British Ports – a new grain terminal at Cliff Quay – is being officially opened today.

The new flats to be built beside Felaw Maltings are not the largest development to be proposed for the Waterfront area, but the development is significant because it is the first new flats to be built on the west bank of the Orwell.

The announcement of who will lead the multi-million pound redevelopment of the former Cranfield's Mill has been expected for several weeks.

However a spokesman for the East of England Development Agency, which bought the building when Cranfields pulled out of Ipswich, said final discussions on the details were still continuing.

"We have a meeting with the developers at the end of this week, and hopefully we will be able to make an announcement after that," said a spokesman for EEDA.

"We are confident that the announcement is not far away," he added.

Meanwhile Ipswich MP Chris Mole was today opening the new Ipswich Grain Terminal at Cliff Quay.

The new purpose-built warehouse is the second to be opened for grain at Cliff Quay in the last year and replaces former storage in old fertiliser sheds at the quayside.

The new warehouse is 7,455 square metres, twice the size of the terminal opened last June.

"This is a significant new investment for ABP in Ipswich," said Ipswich Port deputy manager Alan Mason.

The port's bulk cargos – which can be dusty – are now being concentrated at Cliff Quay, well away from homes, with the Wet Dock itself used mainly for leisure craft.

"Cleaner" cargo like timber and containers are handled through the West Bank terminal, behind the homes in Wherstead Road.

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