PUBLISHED: 20:00 16 April 2019 John Norman Reflections of Willis in Princes Street Archant Why was the iconic glass property built in Ipswich and how did renowned architect Norman Foster get the commission? The Ipswich Society reveals all... Princes Street before Willis Picture: Ipswich SocietyThe Willis chairman who took the decision to establish a country office in Ipswich, and to commission the architect to design the building was John Roscoe (1913 – 1984), chairman (1967 - 1971). John Roscoe was the first chairman who didn't come from the Marine division. Despite being reluctant to fly he had been in charge of Willis' Aviation department. His professional visits to Europe were made by train and for meetings in New York he would cruise across the Atlantic.To choose an architect John Waite, the company secretary contacted the Royal Institute of British Architects for advice. The RIBA provided a list of 12 architects capable of designing an office block in Ipswich. … [Read more...] about What’s the history of the Willis Building in Ipswich?
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Julien Jourdain has taken over The Mariners on Ipswich Waterfront. Picture: ANDREW PAPWORTH Archant An iconic ‘floating restaurant’ on Ipswich Waterfront is to get a £200,000 revamp from a prominent French chef. Julien Jourdain has taken over The Mariners on Ipswich Waterfront. Picture: ANDREW PAPWORTHJulien Jourdain says the Mariners restaurant has “so much to offer Ipswich”, with its illustrious 120-year history as a warship and Dutch party boat, as well as its prime location in the town’s docks.Taking over the vessel in October 2018, he has already spent £100,000 on refurbishments and improvements - saying he “fell in love” with both the boat and the county of Suffolk.He plans to invest another £100,000, saying that “the docks is the crown jewels of Ipswich” and that “Suffolk has so much to offer in quality of produce”.Father of two Mr Jourdain, who first came to Britain in approximately 2000 to work … [Read more...] about Ipswich ‘floating restaurant’ to get £200,000 revamp from renowned French chef
PUBLISHED: 16:56 07 February 2019 | UPDATED: 16:56 07 February 2019 Megan Aldous If they are good enough for Ed Sheeran - Framlingham Fish Bar has been praised by the Suffolk singer after he picked up a portion last week Picture: RACHEL EDGE Archant Spend the weekend catching up with our most read stories of the week including a scam to hit Suffolk and the drama over a suspicious package in Ipswich. Brushing is the latest scam that has arrived in Suffolk and involves Amazon parcels arriving unexpectedly Picture: Chris Radburn/PA WireFree parcel on your doorstep? You may be a victim of ‘brushing’This week we were warned by Suffolk Trading Standards (STS) about a parcel delivery scam called brushing.The scam involves unordered packages turning up on people’s doorsteps after Amazon sellers set up accounts in their name, send products and use the account to post fake positive reviews.This means the scammers have gained access to your name, … [Read more...] about Have you read these stories?
PUBLISHED: 19:10 10 January 2019 Jessica Hill Managing Director of Suffolk-based Spirit Yachts, Nigel Stuart. Picture: Neil Didsbury Archant Twenty-five years ago, boat restorers Sean McMillan and his friend Nick Newman set out to build the most beautiful wooden boat that they possibly could. The resulting company, Spirit Yachts, has been doing that ever since. Mr McMillan, who was also a fine artist, learnt how to engineer the boat’s construction, and the pair got to work in an old cowshed in Benhall. The turning point for the business came in 2006 with the opportunity to design and build a yacht for the James Bond film Casino Royale. “It took us from being relatively well known in the UK onto the world stage,” says Nigel Stuart, who took over as managing director of Spirit Yachts four years ago. He claims that there are virtually no other companies in the world building luxury modern classic wooden boats as they do, from their 1,500 … [Read more...] about Ipswich yachtbuilder that began in a cowshed builds custom made wooden superyachts
PUBLISHED: 09:00 03 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:00 03 September 2018 David Vincent Former Lightship the LV 18, at Harwich Graham Ewens The historic LV18 - the last working lightship, is set to be towed from Harwich and up the River Orwell to Ipswich today. LV18 Lightship moored at Harwich QuayPreparations were underway over the weekend ready to lift the LV18 this afternoon, at high tide, and in a military-style operation two tugs will be involved in towing her to Ipswich and her temporary berth at Orwell Quay.The LV18 has been berthed at Harwich for the past seven years, and as well as the history of light vessels it is also a link back to the days of the pop pirates on the North Sea, with exhibitions on board, and occasional nostalgia events.It was also involved in the filming of the Richard Curtis movie, The Boat That Rocked about those pirate radio days.The LV18 is now operated by a charitable trust and is coming to Ipswich for six weeks, during which … [Read more...] about Where and when can I see the LV18 Lightship on the river today?