Work is under way on a major refurbishment of Ipswich’s Cornhill.
The work is being undertaken by a local contractor, Brooks & Wood, and is due to be completed in late 2018.
Four iconic arches, a water feature, five ornamental trees, granite seating and paving along with ambient lighting will transform the Cornhill into a visitor attraction in its own right.
The arches will tell the ‘stories’ of Ipswich – and the public has helped to choose some of the themes for inclusion.
The Cornhill project is being co-ordinated by Ipswich Borough Council on behalf of the Ipswich Vision Group and is being funded by the Borough Council, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, Suffolk County Council and Ipswich Central.
Stage by stage:
Work began at the end of January, with the Cornhill sectioned off to house a site office, vehicles and materials storage and the relocation of Ipswich Market to new pitches from the side of the Town Hall, down to Giles Circus and the creation of a new Food Quarter in Queen Street.
The Cornhill project has been divided into two main phases – Phase 1 in front of the Town Hall, Phase 2 in front of the old Post Office building. Phase 1 will be complete on 30th September. Phase 2 will be complete by 31st October. Each phase is divided into sections.
The first section of Phase 1 will see new paving installed on Tavern Street along the front of Lloyds Arch. This will begin in early April.
New hoardings designed by Pier Group and produced by Hudson Group will be installed around the whole square during April promoting the Cornhill concept and with the message that Ipswich town centre is open for business.
The Cornhill project team is continuing to talk to businesses affected by the work.
Shops, pubs and restaurants on and around the Cornhill will remain open throughout, although outdoor tables and chairs serving the Town Hall tea room and Mannings have been removed.
Access for delivery vehicles along Tavern Street and the Cornhill will be maintained throughout the duration of the project. Princes Street (top end) is subject to a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order, which closes the road to through traffic but allows access for servicing and deliveries and Queen Street will be closed to traffic on market days (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday).
Clear signage will safely direct the traffic and pedestrians around the construction zone.
Finding out more:
Businesses can contact Cari Hodkinson (IBC Relationship Manager for the project) on 01473 432215 email@example.com with any concerns or queries.
Cornhill Ipswich artist impression