Keeping The Faith

John Howard is the first to recognise positive press and has thanked me on more than one occasion, for keeping upbeat over the 13 months that Waterfront Life has been reporting on the – albeit slow - progress of his infamous Waterfront project.

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Doubters still remain (that’s human nature), but construction work on the Winerack begins this month, with contracts for work on the building now having been signed and utilities work on the site already underway.

The erection of a tower crane during May 2018 will be the first significant sign of progress, with work due to be completed by Christmas 2020.  Funding for the redevelopment was agreed in the spring and after months of legal work, the contract for the work has now been awarded to R G Carter Construction.

The completed project will create 149 residential units and 5,000 square feet of commercial space. It will support 56 new jobs. 

John told us: “This has been more than just a business project for me – I’m Ipswich born and bred so I’m pleased to be turning this infamous blot of the town’s skyline into fabulous homes for local people. Ipswich has a huge amount to offer and it’s great that all the partners involved– particularly the Homes and Communities Agency and New Anglia LEP – have recognised the importance of investing in this project.”

James Wilson, Director and General Manager of R G Carter Ipswich said: “R G Carter is delighted to be delivering this exciting project and is proud to play a part in the town’s vision for regeneration.”

Nick Walkley, Chief Executive Officer for the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) said: “The HCA’s £15m investment through the Home Building Fund, working together with the New Anglia LEP, will turn this stalled site into the central part of the Ipswich Vision project to regenerate Ipswich town centre.  The contract signing is a significant step towards seeing the completion of the project and I look forward to seeing work start.” 

Chris Starkie, Chief Executive of New Anglia LEP, said: “The transformation of the Winerack marks a big step forward in the redevelopment of this part of the town and it will unlock new investment and development opportunities.”