The New Cornhill
Any recent visitor to Ipswich town centre cannot have failed to notice the ongoing regeneration work to the town centre square. Work started on the project back in February this year, with its completion due the end of October.
It will be a welcome and exciting new civic space; a scheme set to bring the ‘wow factor’ to Ipswich, injecting new life into the heart of the town.
The new look Cornhill has been designed by architects Hall McKnight, and constructed by local contractors Brooks and Wood.
The main features of the design will include four celebratory stone columns inspired by the four figures on top of the Town Hall and the town’s historic gates. There will be a water feature comprising floor mounted jets, seating, new paving and the planting of five colourful maples. The space will be a great place to sit, meet friends, and enjoy the water feature. A full and varied programme of events is being planned for the space.
The project is being co-ordinated by Ipswich Borough Council on behalf of the Ipswich Vision Project. Funding has been given by the Borough Council, Suffolk County Council, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and Ipswich Central.
The Cornhill regeneration project will give a much-needed boost to the centre of Ipswich. Many town centres are facing huge challenges at the present time. This new space will give our existing businesses a boost and it is hoped as well to generate renewed interest in the town as a destination to invest in.
In recent years we have seen investment in both the Buttermarket and Sailmakers shopping centres, and new businesses opening soon – as featured in last month’s Waterfront Life – will include Hotel Chocolat, Pret a Manger and Three Wise Monkeys.
The Cornhill will help to deliver a more experiential town centre: combining retail, leisure and office accommodation, with our extensive cultural and heritage offer.