A Vision Round Up Of 2018

The Ipswich Vision project (now in its third year), has had a busy 2018, with all the partners continuing their commitment to drive regeneration and investment in the town. Let’s round up and celebrate some of the great projects we have seen this year…


• The year kicked off with the start of the Cornhill regeneration project. A bold new vision for the centre of Ipswich. The Cornhill is now open, and all the project partners are working together to bring the new space to life with an interesting and varied events programme. The aim is to create a place that all our visitors and residents will look forward to visiting and engaging with.

• Following its £2m refurbishment, Ipswich Railway Station won ‘Best Large Station in the UK’ at the National Rail Awards.

• Work started late this summer on The Hold, a new £20m Heritage centre for Suffolk. It will be situated next to the University of Suffolk on the Waterfront. It will be open in early 2020 and received a grant of £10.8m from the Heritage Lottery Fund this year. It will house the Suffolk Archives and records and will also have a café and lecture rooms.

• Many Waterfront Life readers will have been watching with interest as work started on the Winerack, a prestigious development of 149 new flats and business space. The arrival of the very large crane was an impressive [temporary] addition to the Waterfront.

• Ipswich Borough Council unveiled the new Crown Street Car Park in the summer, a welcome addition to town centre parking.

• It’s been an exciting time on Princes Street, our business corridor. The legal firm Birketts moved into their new flagship headquarters in the spring, and developers started work on the Maltings [formerly Hollywoods] to create a new office/space.

• The Vision welcomed Nicola Beach, Chief Executive of Suffolk County Council and Professor Helen Langton, new Vice Chancellor of University of Suffolk onto the Vision Board.

Ipswich, East Anglia’s Waterfront Town has achieved a great deal this year, so in the next issue of the Waterfront Life we will look forward to 2019 and what’s in store.