Could Connexions in Princes Street office corridor house 700 Sizewell C workers?

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    Could 700 jobs come to Ipswich as part of Sizewell C project?

    There are vacant office blocks in Ipswich town centre like Connexions in Princes Street.

    The development of a new Sizewell C power station on the Suffolk coast could bring hundreds of new jobs to Ipswich, it has emerged.

    But the town could have to fight off interest from both Colchester and Chelmsford to become home to a new administration centre for both Sizewell and another power station at Bradwell, near Maldon, in Essex.

    French government-owned EDF has opened a 700-job administration centre for the new Hinkley Point power station in Somerset and a similar centre is expected to be needed for Sizewell C and Bradwell.

    Although it would need to be within easy distance of the project, it would not need to be on the same site.

    Jobs would last for up to 10 years while the power stations are being built – and could be longer if they overlap.

    It is thought the number of administrators would be about 100 at the start of the project before increasing to 700 at the maximum before tailing off as the projects near completion.

    A spokeswoman for EDF said it was far too soon to be talking about the number of jobs that would be created or where the administration centre might be.

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    However Ipswich Borough Council leader David Ellesmere was cautious about the opportunities for the town.

    He said: “We are aware that EDF will be looking for somewhere but we are also aware that other places will also be trying to attract them as well.”

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    David Ellesmere knows it is unlikely. I am sure the Tories – Ben Gummer precisely – is trying their hardest to get EDF Energy to establish a location in Ipswich and perhaps in the Princes Street office corridor.

    What does the Labour man do? He acknowledges the Tory stance and goes against it.

    Surely, the borough should be proactive in trying to complete the stalled project in their area? Connexions 159 has been trying to get tenants for their high-specification BREEM standard offices since about 2010! Couldn’t find reference that far back but found a December 2011 one on Web Archive… http://web.archive.org/web/20111201154801/http://www.connexions159.co.uk/

    Yes, this was:

    • Before work started
    • Before it was selected as an Enterprise Zone

    With a TO LET completion of March 2016… it has been a year without a single tenant!

    Connexions 159 - 1 year, no tenant

    They did overrun their time schedule but as detailed plans were done and work commenced…

    The borough used to own the land this building sits on, they own the building which Birketts HQ will be (currently plot of land) and also the land opposite that which is going to be another office block… yet David Ellesmere seems really disinterested in filling these office blocks and bringing jobs to the town.

    Perhaps he doesn’t support nuclear power? Then perhaps he should join the green party!

    I am not too excited about the 700 jobs. They know that although the business rate exemptions apply, the high spec offices are going to command high rents. The commercial estate agents are likely to push it higher due to not having to pay business rates. EDF Energy won’t look for an HQ-like building, I am sure they will find some affordable office accommodation. Just because they have a huge budget doesn’t mean they will waste money. They will need to keep the budget under check… 700 salaries is a lot in itself… and those jobs are to support the construction workers etc.

    With competition on Ransomes Europark and Stowmarket etc. businesses seem to focus to locations close to the A14 and away from the town centre. The concept of high-spec town centre offices was stupid from the offset. You will notice the borough take the same approach as Connexions 159… the third office building in the Princes Street office corridor won’t go ahead without a tenant… and no tenant wants to sign up until its built. Catch 22. What we can tell so far is no one wants to sign up even though it is built!

    So much in Ipswich is organised around planned future improvements – travel ipswich, rail improvements, the new bridge across the waterfront, Cornhill… this doesn’t attract investment, it delays it! All the shouting they did about “Ipswich in 60” has highlighted the downsides… and we are talking minutes more travel which is really no big deal. Of course, trying to market Ipswich as an average leisure destination (Ipswich Waterfront) hasn’t really persuaded businesses to the town.

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    Sizewell C, its been talked about for long enough! Are a French company, I imagine with Chinese investment as well, going to commit to anything before we have got ourselves out of the Brexit mess?

     

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    my bet is it will be stretched out until 2 years after March 29th – at the very earliest. This is an opportunity for the housing developments and apartments also – the vast majority of these jobs (if they were to come to Ipswich) wouldn’t benefit local people.

    Too much power-hungry money-grabbing. Every politician is taking advantage of the nuclear aspect and wants sweeteners. I would laugh if they turned round with 2-fingers. For me, they should have either said “NO” to the nuclear plant addition OR if they feel we need nuclear energy as its cleaner than coal and gas power plants and produces more energy per unit cost than alternative power (solar, wind etc.) they should have welcomed it with open arms. I still think it needs to be built in Norfolk!

     

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    I’m old enough to remember the building of Sizewell B. There was a definite benefit to the region in terms of jobs, obviously in particular; construction, engineering and hvac services etc. It would be great if we could have that again, the whole local economy would get a boost not just a few empty offices in Princes St, maybe… Which is why the Star article is so blinkered and short sighted, there is a much bigger picture here. I would even go so far as to suggest a confirmed start on Sizewell C would be a big lever towards pushing the Northern Bypass from a vague notion to something more positive.

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    The problem is Ipswich (councils) just doesn’t want it. The only construction they care about is home building (houses, flats, student accommodation).

    As the county town we should be prime position to be able to provide accommodation and offices for those workers.

    Chelmsford and Colchester got a mention… one is a city with a university, and the other is a rival town with a well established university. Ipswich is better than Chelmsford and Colchester combined. However, on paper in modern times… a new unproven uni, an MP and local politicians who treat the public as stupid and money wasted on numerous transport projects without much benefit (rail chord, Travel Ipswich, Upper Orwell Crossing – proposed) and that dead focus on the Ipswich waterfront for a specific kind of dreaming uni-linked industry… it alienates everyone else.

    It is like one of those “If an alien landed today… what would they think?” or “If an alien landed today… would they stay?” scenarios.

    See, Ipswich has lost on transport alone…

    • Chelmsford: Chelmsford has two P&R services (which they seem to get (http://www.essexhighways.org/Getting-Around/bus/park-and-ride/sandon-park-and-ride.aspx) – it connects the city centre with the university (neither Ipswich or Colchester do) and even stops outside the Jobcentre – they even have a special 50p fare for students from the uni to the city centre); closest to London (half an hour ~ 35m) 120 trains per day; 30 mins from Stansted
    • Colchester: P&R service with traffic priority; closer to London than Ipswich (46min ~ 1hr 2m) 132 trains per day; 42 mins from Stansted
    • Ipswich: A cut P&R service without traffic priority (i.e. no P&R) and a multi-million pound scheme to make travel more difficult regardless if you drive or take public transport; furthest away from London by train (1hr 7min ~ 1hr 21m) 84 trains per day; 1 hr + from Stansted

    They don’t even require staff in the region but if they did it won’t be Ipswich.

    As for NBP… that traffic will go through Ipswich during construction phase.

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    going back to the story the Star reported which commences with;

    The development of a new Sizewell C power station on the Suffolk coast could bring hundreds of new jobs to Ipswich, it has emerged.

    I know its a typical Geater “could” story but its a great example, and the “it has emerged” is a classic line. From where I wonder has it emerged, from under a stone, from down the back of the sofa,  or from a reliable source, or did it just pop into his head? Surely when reporting such a claim it should be substantiated and credited to someone or thing for the benefit of the reader, even ifs something at worst like “a reliable anonymous source” But no, we are not enlightened at all.

    EDF are mentioned but its not them, the Council are mentioned but it doesn’t appear to be them either. So where on earth did this spurious piece of speculation come from? Or is it just made up to fill a few more column inches.. you have to wonder don’t you..

    and as such I really don’t think some of these Star stories are worth reading, let alone commenting on these days..

     

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    Mr Weasel himself. He hardly backs up claims with sources.

    If you have been outside any newsagents recently it was the board headline story; almost a promise of new jobs.

    It annoys me deeply, as it has developed a culture of counter-arguments (most notably negativity) across the town.

    The numbers don’t stack up anyway… so lets assume 700 jobs guaranteed… thousands of homes are set to be built over the same period. Even if the unlikely chance of EDF choosing expensive offices in Ipswich to work from; still an inadequate number of jobs for the housing growth. This is ramped with time (workforce number to increase as demand) and limited… after 10 years all these people would need new jobs (granted that it is a longtime but there might not be the employment available at the end for those people to carry on to).

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    A fair comment about the quality of articles. We select a number to include snippets of in our news section – and it has gone quiet.

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    A fair comment about the quality of articles. We select a number to include snippets of in our news section – and it has gone quiet.

    I wasn’t querying the inclusion of such articles on here, to the contrary, it saves me having to spend time navigating the awful Star website, which, even with adblock turn on, is still no pleasure, even if this one is not the most slick!

    Please keep adding them here, somewhere you can comment, and even edit a comment, all with a reasonable chance it won’t get removed for reason “other”

     

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    I was referring that they weren’t worth including on here.

    There is a new project we are working on which hopefully will displace the official site. It will be quicker loading, no adverts or tracking nonsense. Unfortunately, the same news articles… As with everything, time permitting of course…

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    Keep up the good work.. 🙂

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