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Ipswich Docks 3 August 2009

 

 

From Duke Street looking towards the docks down Coprolite Street. New, stylish buildings surrounding the dock basin can be contrasted with the old, industrial uses of the area that can still be seen, if only in demolition, at the western end of the basin.

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The roundabout where Fore Street meets Back Hamlets and Duke Street gives an overview of the developments at the western end of the docks, and a context of older buildings lining the arterial route into Ipswich centre.

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Largely looking down Duke Street. The green-clad building in the right-hand shot is, I believe, going to be an arm of Suffolk College ... which will be an unbelievable vista for them.

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Fore Street is connected to the quayside by a new pedestrianised plaza, an attractive area of open space. On the right is Neptune Square, a sort-of-gated community (gate locked!).

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Scenes of the redeveloped docks from the quayside on Coprolite Street are dominated by the marina, an intensely attractive area, and the new high-rise developments just behind the quay.

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The marina is, I must assume, a 'cash-cow', in that the mooring fees will generate income, the boat repair and servicing yards will generate employment, and the service industries establishing themselves in this heritage area, will generate interest as well as income and employment. The 'multiplier' model will spread the benefits through the town and the county.

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The flower displays are just one indication of the desire to rebrand the area with an image of 'upmarket-ness'. Those who have come to the area - to moor their boat or buy a flat - have disposable income, and need to be supported by the right ambience!

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Symbolic of the entertainment sector on the quayside is 'Mariners' restaurant, rebranded from it former name of Il Punto and standing close to the Old Custom House and the, as yet, unfinished high-rise buildings behind.

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The Old Custom House in front of its new neighbours!

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Old Custom House provides a vantage point to overlook the docks. In this case the outlook along the dockside, including 'Mariners' restaurant towards the east.

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A detail along Coprolite Street and the attractive covered section next to 'Mariners'.

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The addition of traditional East Coast barges moored at he quayside undoubtedly enhances the atmosphere of the area, and these attractions are often sources of interest as they load passengers and move in and out of their moorings - not a static display!

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Work in progress at the eastern end of the dock basin. Not quite all of the buildings appear scheduled for replacement; the Paul's Malting concrete structure in the right-hand shot is as yet untouched. Meanwhile, images of industrial and urban decay are available!

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Decay and change .. and the retention of that which is of value?

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From the roundabout on Bridge Street, where it is joined by Key Street and leads off to Star Lane, on the left and from Star Lane in the centre and on the right. All illustrating the theme of urban renewal.

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The sign indicates the types of businesses sought for the area ... fashion retail outlets, pubs, cafes and restaurants ... and offices.

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