PUBLISHED: 07:30 30 October 2018 Paul Geater Progress on the Cornhill as it nears completion Picture: ARCHANT Ipswich Cornhill is set to open to the public by the end of this week following a £3.56 million restoration. Cornhill redevelopment is drawing to a close. Picture: Natalie Sadler A water feature in front of the Cornhill will also be fully functioning following the nine month scheme.The borough council, which has been managing the project, and its contractors are hopeful all work will be completed by Wednesday evening – leaving only a safety check by Suffolk County Council to be held before the barriers can be removed, opening the area to the public.Officials hope these will be able to come down during Thursday – but they are think they will be cleared away in time for the start of the day at the Cornhill on Friday.The only element of the redevelopment that should not be completed by the deadline is the “Gateway” art … [Read more...] about Ipswich Cornhill finally set to open after major restoration
Video Cornhill redevelopment is drawing to a close. Picture: Natalie Sadler Archant The major redevelopment of the Cornhill is set to be completed this week and construction teams have been working throughout the weekend to put the final touches in place. Hoardings remain in place around the site, which sits at the heart of Ipswich town centre, but later this week they will be removed to reveal the results of the £3.6m project to revamp the public space.Workers turned on the newly installed fountains on on Friday and again on Saturday morning to test the water feature ahead of the unveiling.Workers at the Cornhill in Ipswich still have slabs to lay and tools to clear away Picture: Natalie SadlerThe Ipswich Society have shared video of the fountain in action on their Facebook page.A 16,000-litre water tank feeds the 18-spout water feature which will be the centrepiece for the new Cornhill.A poppy sits on the front of the Town Hall as the Cornhill work nears completion - … [Read more...] about Fountains tested as final touches put to new look Cornhill
PUBLISHED: 11:30 08 October 2018 Paul Geater Ipswich market has moved to Princes Street - the public now wants it to stay there. Picture: GREGG BROWN A clear majority of people want to see Ipswich market stay where it is when the Cornhill reopens at the end of the month – they do not want to see stalls return to the front of the Town Hall. More than 600 of people took part in our online poll – with 60% of them opting for the market to remain in its current location at the top of Princes Street, around Giles’ Circus and with the food court in Queen Street.That is the preferred option of Ipswich Borough Council which is the market’s landlord – and officials have told stallholders they will have to stay where they are when the Cornhill reopens at the end of the month.Council leader David Ellesmere said the vote confirmed what people had been saying to him and other councillors that they liked the new arrangements.He added: … [Read more...] about Readers back plan to keep market away from Ipswich Cornhill
Poll PUBLISHED: 19:00 05 October 2018 Paul Geater Ipswich market moved to Princes Street when work started on the Cornhill in January. Picture: GREGG BROWN Members of the Ipswich Society are being asked whether they want to see the market return to the Cornhill or stay in its current position when the work in the town centre is completed at the end of October. The borough has said it should stay at the top of Princes Street, in Giles Circus and in Queen Street.The Cornhill itself would then be clear for special events running over several days – and to provide an open space for people to meet or sit down and eat sandwiches in the middle of the day.The market would not be able to occupy its previous position because that will be the site of the water feature and outside Pret a Manger which is expected want to encourage people to eat outside.Ipswich Society chairman John Norman, writing in the current newsletter, is urging members to let the … [Read more...] about Have your say: Should Ipswich market stay put when the Cornhill reopens?
PUBLISHED: 08:03 06 July 2018 Andrew Hirst An artist's impression showing the cobbles Picture: IPSWICH VISION Archant Complaints about the new cobbles of Ipswich’s £3.6million Cornhill development have prompted promises of a smoother surface. New paving on the Ipswich Cornhill is said to be far less smooth than had been indicated Picture: ARCHANT The Cornhill cobbles have faced criticism since their unveiling, particularly from disabled people. Work started earlier this year with ambitions to fuel the “renaissance” of Ipswich. However, the designs have divided opinion, while some called the project a waste of money. Neil Garrod, who contacted this newspaper last month to complain about the surface, which he described as “abysmal”, has stepped up calls for Ipswich Borough Council to take action. The mobility scooter rider sent council leader David Ellesmere two pictures of Cornhill – one showing an artist’s impression of the new … [Read more...] about Cornhill’s cobbles said to bear ‘no comparison’ to artist’s impression