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IPSWICH 2004

 

Ipswich Urban Transect 1 Town Centre to Copdock Mill

Ipswich - Norwich Road -  outer city areas

Ipswich Town Centre -VIth Form photos

Housing types - Norwich & Handford Road - inner city areas

Ipswich - Ravenswood (Airport site development)

Ipswich Urban Transect 2- Foxhall Road 

Orwell Bridge - views of Ipswich from the Orwell Bridge

Ipswich Docks Development

CENTRAL AREA

 

The Buttermarket shopping mall includes Allders department store.

There is a clear status gradient in Butter Market.  West of the Ancient House there are more specialist national names, and larger shops.  The north side of the street is higher status.

East of the Ancient House BHS has a large store on the south side, and the north side is smaller specialist shops

 

main entrance in St Stephen's Lane

 

The church is disused

Butter Market looking W to Princes St.

Butter Market looking to Princes St.

Ancient House, central Butter Market

Ancient House, central Butter Market

Butter Market, Upper Brook St. end

Specialist shops in historic Dial Lane

Upper Brook St. is part of the one-way system encircling the main shopping area.  Frequent bus services include the three park-and-rides.

Shops are small, include many charity outlets and empty shops, though pedestrian levels are quite high

 

   

Upper Brook St.

Upper Brook St.

Upper Brook St.

NORTH-EAST

Upper Orwell Street is in a mixed state - the north is awaiting redevelopment, the south beginning to benefit from the renovation and rise in status of the docks

 

North end, cluster of fast food outlets near cinemas and college

Awaiting redevelopment.  The Coop car park is behind the fence

South end redevelopment

Orwell Place

Eagle Street is a major east-west route, and carries a lot of pedestrians in term-time

Rope Walk leads to council offices and Suffolk College, so its residential status is anomalous

The junctions near St Margaret's Green are an entertainment area, with two cinemas (one multi-screen, the other also a theatre), and several pubs and clubs

cinemas

 

pub and club

Christchurch Park lies close to the north-east of the CBD

Soane St

 

Fonnerau Road

NORTH

Crown Street serves the back of the main shops to the south, including the Tower Ramparts shopping mall.  The north side has been extensively redeveloped with a swimming pools complex and office blocks

 

 

Tower ramparts bus station and mall

bus station and shopping mall

 

Extensive car parking behind the main shopping street

 

Crown Pools

 

Offices in Crown St

   

CENTRAL RETAIL SPINE, Carr St., Tavern St., Corn Hill, Westgate, Norwich Road

 

   
 

Carr St. was higher status in 1908.  Now there are still many large stores, but also charity shops and empty sites.  The mall developed on the north side in the 70s failed, and the Coop has recently left their second building

 

pictures run east-west

 

 

The Coop is updating, but has left the nearest block

Extensive parking behind the main shops

 Carr St., high pedestrian density

Redevelopment.  The failed mall was behind the shops on the north side

South side Carr St., Woolworths and Coop in the distance

Tavern Street is the next in the east-west retail spine.  It is inside the one-way system, and joins Corn Hill at the west end

   

Tavern St., junction Upper Brook St.

Tavern St., junction Upper Brook St.

Looking towards Tower Ramparts, Sunday lunchtime

Busy even on a Sunday

The mock-medieval area dating from the 1930's opposite Tower Ramparts

Tower Ramparts shopping mall includes Littlewoods

Tavern Street is a continuation of the main retail spine in Ipswich.  Banks cluster at the Corn Hill end, and there is a wide range of stores.  Many are in historic buildings

National chains cluster around Tower Ramparts entrance

 

Tavern St looking to Corn Hill

Corn Hill retains its importance in the CBD with a busy market and entertainment functions as well as retail

 

   

market

south side

SE corner, banks and theatre, to Princes St

North-west corner, leading to Westgate

Lloyds Bank Passage, north side

Same street, from other end, on Sunday

Westgate entrance, Sunday lunchtime

Regional entertainments function

West side Corn Hill, Sunday lunchtime

East side, start of Tavern St

Westgate leaves Corn Hill by the NW corner, and leads to over a kilometre of retail.  There are a few national chain stores near the centre, but the vast majority of the shops are small outlets

Photos are from east to west

 

 

 

Debenhams, a prime location next to Corn Hill

 

Major national names near Debenhams. M+S on L

Large M+S with 3 retail floors

 

Mixed commercial and retail by Museum St junction

 

Specialist shops further west

St Matthew's St leads to the Norwich Road, a major route in Ipswich, serving extensive, historically wealthy suburbs.

 

There are few food shops in the CBD

St Matthew's St carries on Westgate with more specialist outlets in a run-down 70s development

 

 

A long-established high class shop just outside the main CBD

 

Traces of the stage coach era

 

Shops become smaller and have dwellings above

 

Solid victorian housing in Orford St has been gentrified

 

Thriving corner shop provides a local service for this residential area a couple of minutes from the main road

 

Ann St off Orford ST - gentrification

 

Small shops continue as far as the pub

 

Restaurant area

Rose and Crown marks the end of the shops

 

WEST   AND SOUTHWEST

There are two main routes through this area - Princes Street, and Queen St/St Nicholas St/St Peter St

 

The south-west part of the CBD is being extensively redeveloped and reimaged as Ipswich Village.

The inner CBD has a high proportion of law and finance, centred around the police station and law courts.  There are major insurance offices further out on the inner ring road, and many associated services.

 

   

After the pub there is residential, with the big houses divided into flats

Civic Drive looking S towards Princes St from police station

 

Axa dominates this part of the ring road

 

Car parking for the offices - on weekdays, football matches (stadium is to L) Sunday empty

 

Elm St has the police station and courts at this west end, and is almost 100% legal offices

 

Junction Elm St and Museum St

 

The legal district comes right into the central CBD behind Corn Hill

 

 

Museum St looking N to Westgate

 

Princes St leads from Corn Hill to the Station, mostly through office and commercial areas

 

King St, legal/entertainment district.  Retail in Butter Market in the background

 

 

Junction with King St and Butter Market, mostly finance offices

 

 

South of the ring road there were many garages, some now developed for leisure

 

Looking back north to the retail area

 

The Willis building opposite Axa

 

The Stadium

 

 

The Portman Road stadium and associated office/hotel development dominate this area

 

The open aspect is due to redevelopment in the foreground.  The road rises to bridge the River Orwell

 

 

Queen St junction with Butter Market and Princes St, just south of Corn Hill

 

St Nicholas Street has many restaurants and fast food outlets at its northern end --..

 

- opposite the Wills building

 

St Peter St benefits from traffic calming

 

Junction St Peter and Star Lane - positive effects of Cardinal Park and the dock redevelopment

 

This route ends in Cardinal Park, a major redevelopment effort

 

Cardinal Park has much service industry - warehousing, Post Office, Fire Station, and new Law Courts.  Retail is also important with many out-of-town stores such as Staples, but the Cinema complex attracts customers from the whole region

 

Franciscan Way, looking N towards Civic Drive

 

Cinema

 

Massive car parking capacity

 

Night club and fitness, there are food outlets to the R

 

food as entertainment

 

 

Storage and a hotel complete the development

 

Even more parking on disused sites by the river

 

SOUTH AND SOUTH-EAST This area includes the semi derelict industrial district around the docks, which is rapidly changing as waterfront properties are developed and the dock opened up for water sport.  This boost is revitalising the whole area, and properties between Albion Quay and the CBD are benefiting

   
     

View from outside the Novotel

 

The Bridge St river crossing and Star lane one-way system are very busy at all times

 

One of the maltings is still operational

Large areas are vacant behind the Quay

Two moths later developers are working on one of the industrial buildings

Albion Quay is very attractive to investment.  The docks are moving east, releasing land for redevelopment.  The warehouse is now an hotel, and new flats are appearing daily

     

New exclusive apartments ----

 

--- the front of the building faces the marina.  Suffolk College should get the site to the L

Waterfront flats, improved quayside and marina

Listed building conversion, and upmarket food

 

Star Lane one way

The east end of star lane, junction with Lower Orwell Street, marks a change of land use to residential

 

Foundation St looking towards the docks

Fore Street shows signs of positive improvement in the foreground.  In the background is the start of the retail area and  Orwell Place

 

Orwell Place is also improving

High density affordable housing

The Old Cattle Market bus station between Turret Lane and the Buttermarket mall