Town Centre (Central Ipswich)

This covers Central Ipswich - Ipswich Town Centre including the political wards of Alexandra, St Margarets and Westgate - and for all intents and purposes the Ipswich Central BID (Business Improvement District) area, "Ipswich Village" and the Ipswich Waterfront (quayside only).

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  1. martinc

    Camp Cattlemarket now open for business!

    by martinc in Town Centre (Central Ipswich)Sep 8, 2017 with 10 replies and 67 views.

    I imagine its probably not an official Camping and Caravan Club site, and I doubt you get an electric hook up, and not sure about the showers and loos but apart from that camp Cattle Market is now open for business with the first two tents having been pitched already.. Is this part of the tourist boom the town is supposed to be having maybe? Book now to avoid disappointment as space is limited...

    Latest reply: They effectively do the job of what the police would have otherwise done. when I used to have access to the town link radio they were frequently called to move on rough sleepers, beggars and street drinkers after shop lifting and missing...

  2. dan5

    Ipswich Railway Station Forecourt revisited

    by dan5 in Town Centre (Central Ipswich)Sep 15, 2017 with 9 replies and 54 views.

    So we have covered the Ipswich Rail Station forecourt works before... but a few months later...563 What is this? Welcome to Ipswich is located further from the doors than the ATM machines and postbox - even the bins! It is a third party premium map and not one by the council, Ipswich Central or the DMO. No visitor to Ipswich would notice it is there (apart from their way back to the train station to leave). Even if you found one of the...

    Latest reply: Indeed, but we have to wrestle with weather and light conditions too. So it isn't always as simple as avoiding the rush (this is after you have found some time to do it too!)I expected this, SCC picked up a little around the time preceding the...

  3. wrightie

    Eagle Wharf - Waterfront East Visitor centre

    by wrightie in Town Centre (Central Ipswich)Sep 9, 2017 with 9 replies and 104 views.

    549 I wrote a post on this but thought it'd be interesting to post here.Eagle WharfIpswich waterfront lack a tourist attraction aside for a few cafes and bars, but it turns out there was a proposal for a visitor centre that would be the hub of East Anglia. Turns out in 2004 they wanted to create a visitor centre on the site between Ship Launch Road and Patterson Road... plus 566 flats, called Waterfront East. The centre would occupy...

    Latest reply: Thank you for the map. It really puts it into perspective geographically. The whole area could have been pretty special. If we consider the university alone, they could have bunched up the campus a bit on the eastern edge of the wet dock......

  4. dan5

    Key Street Repaving

    by dan5 in Town Centre (Central Ipswich)Jul 6, 2017 with 4 replies and 71 views.

    Ipswich Society reports that on Monday work will begin on paving Key Street. This will involve 12 weeks of roadworks - with Key Street having alternating closure of one lane while the work goes ahead. No doubt this not completely necessary work (the lack of weed control has created this problem) is a result of the Wine Rack plans and Quay Place renovation. After years of wrangling as to where the developer's boundary ends and Suffolk...

    Latest reply: Further Ipswich Society update...The new paving has been completed opposite the Premier Inn on Key Street and now work has moved to the other side of the road and Toucan Crossing lights will be installed soon. This not only makes the area more...

  5. Ipswi

    Chopstix Noodle bar coming to Ipswich Sailmakers

    by Ipswi in Town Centre (Central Ipswich)Apr 28, 2017 with 4 replies and 154 views.

    We can reveal that Chopstix Noodle Bar intends to open in Unit 8 of Sailmakers.Chopstix (if granted planning consent) will then be rivalling Wagamama in Buttermarket Centre.

    Latest reply: Ipswich Society states: Chopstix noodle bar Ipswich to open soon!543 Many people very excited for this noodle bar to open.

  6. dan5

    Regent Theatre: do something about it #embarrassing

    by dan5 in Town Centre (Central Ipswich)Sep 8, 2017 with 0 replies and 18 views.

    A person on Twitter has criticised Ipswich Borough Council for the awful external exterior of Ipswich's Regent Theatre. He wrote: @IpswichGov @IpswichRegent welcome to Ipswich - do something about it #embarrassing537 It has been like this for many years, decades. Ipswich Borough Council doesn't care about the state of the exterior largest theatre in East Anglia. if you want to attract more big names and importantly visitors, they need to...

  7. dan5

    Creams Gelato Co prepares to open in Buttermarket Centre

    by dan5 in Town Centre (Central Ipswich)Sep 7, 2017 with 4 replies and 103 views.

    Ipswich Society reports that Creams (another ice cream desert place) refit is nearing completion and should open soon (ready for the autumn - probably a bad time to open?)535 Looks good from the outside, the white pillar is unfortunate and the Creams sign sideways looks bad... overall quite good.

    Latest reply: It is interesting... Creams appears to be aiming upmarket - words like "purveyor" prominently displays will give the placebo effect of quality... although to some it may be too close to "pervert" to attract everyones money. :D Seller of desserts...

  8. dan5

    Connexions 159

    by dan5 in Town Centre (Central Ipswich)Jul 13, 2017 with 9 replies and 126 views.

    Please please please, somebody take this building (or a floor) already!Connexions 159 Office Block - Office Space Ipswich, SuffolkTO LET: Town centre location2 minutes walk from Ipswich Train Station • 5 minutes walk to Town Centre • 60+ car parking spaces • Grade A office space of 44,646 sq ft • Suites from 8,540 sq ft to 44,646 sq ftWWbR2wDdV28http://www.connexions159.co.uk/downloads/Connexions159-flyer.pdf

    Latest reply: Local press has reported a Suffolk based technology company has obtained the ground floor of Connexions 159. The difficulty of attracting a blue chip was solely down to the county being full of small technology businesses and no perceived...

  9. dan5

    Hopsters Micro-brewed Beer Coming To St. Nicholas Street.

    by dan5 in Town Centre (Central Ipswich)Aug 24, 2017 with 0 replies and 70 views.

    Isobellas boutique dress shop is set to become an independent store selling beers from local micro-breweries, according to Ipswich Society. This Grade II listed building in St. Nicholas Street which recently closed as "Isobellas" boutique dress shop is now to become "Hopsters".This is another independent for Ipswich which will sell beers from a collection of Micro-Breweries in the area; beers which are not readily available in...

  10. dan5

    Yates Tower Street: We Will Miss The Robert Ransome

    by dan5 in Town Centre (Central Ipswich)Aug 24, 2017 with 0 replies and 23 views.

    Interesting piece by Ipswich Society... The Robert Ransome is now Yates...449 At first we lose the nice flower touch, the black is gone for grey. 450 Some inspiration... 451 Not much has changed, where did the £350k go? 452 Some changes have been made... you can now sit with a pint and watch people miss their bus and waiting unhappy for a late bus.I am sure Yates will attract more troublemakers than Robert Ransome!

  11. dan5

    Ipswich Maritime Festival 2017: The Vikings Are Here!

    by dan5 in Town Centre (Central Ipswich)Aug 14, 2017 with 15 replies and 93 views.

    Oh we do love to be beside the … Waterfront!Yes, preparations are under way for the fabulous Ipswich Maritime Festival, which offers fun and frolics by the water on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August.The two days will be filled with music, historical re-enactments, a variety of vessels, street food, fairground rides, Punch & Judy, a range of stalls and children’s activities.Entry to the Maritime Festival is free and a fully programmed...

    Latest reply: Some people are a bit annoyed by it all. (If it isn't found will take a while to work, the following link to the main topic)Ipswich Star article on facebook has brought out a lot of home truths.Common themes:-Needs to be more maritime - so...

  12. dan5

    Ipswich Station: Better Than Before?

    by dan5 in Town Centre (Central Ipswich)Aug 15, 2017 with 4 replies and 43 views.

    So, if Ipswich Rail Station any better than before? By now you will be well aware that the temporary asphalt has gone for the non-black surface... 313 This Paul Geater image (I have removed someones face as not relevant for the article) shows a new depth to the new railway station forecourt... It has been butchered worse than my image editing! That is saying something.Anyone see the black sealant? Both to the left and right of Mr...

    Latest reply: Believe it or not it is 2017... why are we still using induction loops?! Why would you use induction loops if having such a light road surface? Errr... not sure, perhaps drop off but it is clearly parked. Look at the road surface... all the oil...

  13. dan5

    Sailmakers Shopping Centre: Kiosk To Let

    by dan5 in Town Centre (Central Ipswich)Aug 16, 2017 with 0 replies and 25 views.

    The Virgin Media Kiosk is To Let at Sailmakers Shopping Centre... it is yours on an existing 3 year lease of £20,000 pax. Mall space known as P2. Situated mid-mall on the lower level outside Topshop and close to Boots, Poundland and River Island.An existing 3 year lease without further review to expire 16th August 2019 but with tenant onlybreak 17th August 2018. 321 Existing lease? If Virgin Media are giving up after just one year......

  14. dan5

    Ipswich Borough Council: Waterfront Car Park Opens

    by dan5 in Town Centre (Central Ipswich)Aug 14, 2017 with 0 replies and 25 views.

    The new St Peter’s car park on the Waterfront will be opening on Wednesday 16th August. The new car park will be open in time for this year’s Maritime Festival, which offers fun and frolics by the Waterfront on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August.Ipswich Borough Council has been preparing the site next to Stoke Bridge to provide spaces for nearly 100 vehicles. Additional motorbike parking will be available from September.When the car...

  15. dan5

    Ipswich Myths Debunked: East Anglia's Waterfront Town

    by dan5 in Town Centre (Central Ipswich)Aug 10, 2017 with 0 replies and 34 views.

    Ipswich Myth 2: "East Anglia's Waterfront Town"Ipswich is a town. It has a partially regenerated wet dock area known as the Ipswich Waterfront. We are the county town of Suffolk which is part of East Anglia.Are we a waterfront town? What is a waterfront?a part of a town that borders the sea or a lake or river.So by definition, every seaside and town which has a river going through it or next to it (or a lake) has a waterfront. Clue...

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