Waterfront transformation continues

IPSWICH's skyline continues to change as the tallest building in Suffolk starts to receive its finishing touches.

IPSWICH's skyline continues to change as the tallest building in Suffolk starts to receive its finishing touches.

The Mill - all 23 storeys of it - is nearing completion and now illuminated lettering spelling out its name have been fixed to the top of the tower block.

This is especially noticeable during the hours of darkness, although the letters can be made out through the scaffolding during daylight hours.

The Mill, built from the shell of the old Cranfields flour mill, is nearing completion - it should be finished by the end of this year.

And it is now a landmark from all corners of the town - especially to traffic heading into Ipswich down Bourne Hill from the Wherstead interchange with the A14.

The Waterfront developments are helping to keep Ipswich surging forward despite the economic recession which has gripped the country.

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In a very real sense it is these developments that are driving the area's fight back from the recession - which should help the town to emerge stronger and fitter from the economic doldrums.

Next to The Mill are the two 14-storey towers of the Regatta Quay development on the site of the former Paul's Albion Maltings.

One of these is complete and partially-occupied while the other is now rapidly taking shape.

Also nearing completion as part of these developments are two new drama centres - the new DanceHouse which is part of The Mill and the Witchbottle Theatre which is included in the Regatta Quay development.

The skyline will, of course, continue to change.

The second phase of UCS, with student accommodation as well as further teaching space, is due to be completed in time for the next academic year.

And the Griffin Wharf development on the west bank of the River Orwell is expected to really start taking shape over the next couple of years.

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