About Ipswich Waterfront
For a decade now Ipswich Waterfront has been the site of intense construction activity, beginning back in 1999 with the completion of 69 luxury apartments at Neptune Quay by developer Bellway Homes.
More recently, huge demolition and construction has taken place on the various large-scale developments. More apartments and townhouses have been created, highlighting the Waterfront's appeal, both from a customer and developer perspective.
But what is so special about Ipswich Waterfront? Once well known as the biggest wet dock in Europe, today the area is the site of the largest single regeneration project in the East of England, with over a billion pounds already spent on, or earmarked for, this development. The once industrial dock area is now the focus of this huge investment, aiding growth in both jobs and housing.
Every place needs a focal point and Ipswich Waterfront, just a short walk from the town centre, is fast realising its potential. There are a real variety of schemes taking shape, including housing, retail, restaurants, offices and community areas that are turning this once tired industrial area into a vibrant new cultural, residential, business and leisure area, complementing the marina facilities already available.
The impressive new developments have been deliberately designed to integrate new buildings with the historic architecture that is being preserved, so retaining much of the Waterfront's special character.
The large-scale regeneration of Ipswich Waterfront has also encouraged increased interest from businesses. On the western bank of the river, Felaw Maltings and the hi-tech IP-City Centre are both now in high demand for their top quality business space, while on the Waterfront itself, a top Ipswich law firm led the way, relocating its offices to pride of place in Waterfront House.
Key projects at the Waterfront have included:
- Isaac Lord Complex;
- Orwell Quay;
- Regatta Quay;
- Salthouse Harbour Hotel;
- St Peter's Church;
- University Campus Suffolk.
The Ipswich Waterfront picture is changing on a daily basis and there is always something new to see - why not come and explore for yourself?
Last Updated: Tuesday 12th April 2011