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: 16:30 30 November 2018 David Kindred A high tide in September 1969 saw the area around Stoke Bridge, Ipswich flooded. This photograph, from a silo at the dock, shows the rail yard and part of Commercial Road under water. The bridge over the river is now a dual carriageway, with the road cutting through the site of the British Fermentation Products Ltd mill in the centre of the picture. A skate park in now on part of the mill site. Cardinal Park is now top right of this view. Picture: IAN MCGRATH Archant David Kindred takes a look at Ipswich before flood defences and readers memories of local bands and more. A group of police officers watch as the water at St Peters Dock, Ipswich, gets close to the edge of the quay in September 1969. Picture: IAN MCGRATH Before better flood defences were built along the River Orwell in Ipswich very high tides would often flood the low areas of the town. A similar problem occurred during torrential rain until … [Read more...] about Days Gone By: Coverage of floods captured changes to the town’s landscape