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Ipswich Urban Transect 1

Town Centre to Copdock Mill

 

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

 

The start of the journey from the city centre outwards, the Ancient House in the Butter Market, is firmly within the Central Business District.

Ipswich Urban Transect CBD Ancient House Butter Market 

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Streetmap Ipswich CBD and western transition zone

Maps of the growth of Ipswich and its land use

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Moving west, along Tavern Street and what must be the busiest shopping street in the town, past the Northgate Centre.

 

 

 

Ipswich Urban Transect CBD Northgate Shopping Centre Mall

 

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30th May 2001 at GR 163446

 

 

The view past Cornhill into Westgate Street, at the lower end of Lloyds Avenue, and a real focus in the town centre. Pedestrian density builds up to very high levels in this pedestrianised zone of the CBD.

 

 

Ipswich Urban Transect CBD Cornhill

 

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30th May 2001 at GR 162446

Looking up Blackhorse Lane, from its junction with Elm Street, with a mixture of inner city housing .. and an office block further out from the centre.

 

 

Ipswich Urban Transect Transition Zone

 

 

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The roundabout on St Matthews Street, separating Civic Drive from Berners Street. Behind the camera is the CBD,  and the main shopping streets; across from the roundabout lie smaller shops, lining the road for several hundred metres, and forming, not an extension of the CBD, but a lesser retail centre along the line of an arterial road.

 

Ipswich Urban Transect CBD Zone of Transition Arterial Routes

 

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9 June 2001 at GR159448

 

 

Looking down Civic Drive from tin front of the underground car park, with the Courthouse on the left, complete with policemen, and the massive office blocks of the insurance industry on the right. With the Ipswich Borough Offices located next to the court, this must be the limits of the CBD in this sector.

 

Ipswich Urban Transect CBD Civic Drive

 

 

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30th May 2001 at GR 158446

 

Another view of Civic Drive, leading into the roundabout with the underground car park (very much a function of the CBD.)

 

 

 

 

 

Ipswich Urban Transect CBD Zone of Transition Civic Drive

 

 

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The underground car park entrance, with the Wolsey Theatre sitting higher up the slope of Civic Drive.  

 

 

 

 

Ipswich Urban Transect CBD Wolsey Theatre Underground Car Park Civic Drive

 

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The junction of Handford Road and Portman Road. The football ground, and the scaffolding for the new North Stand, can be seen on the skyline. This zone has  developed a mix of land-use, and is still in transition.

 

Ipswich Urban Transect Zone of Transition Portman Road

 

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30th May 2001 at GR157446

 

A close-up of the view down Portman Road. Large developments, such as at ITFC, must have an effect on nearby land uses, such as parking, training grounds and possibly associated businesses. 

 

 

Ipswich Urban Transect Zone of Transition Portman Road

 

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New housing, flats or maisonettes, on Hanford Road signals that not all zone of transition redevelopment is industrial/commercial in nature.

 

 

 

Ipswich Urban Transect Zone of Transition Handford  Road Regeneration Housing

 

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30th May 2001at GR157446

 

The building backs on to industrial premises, and has the stands and lights of Portman Road as an outlook.

 

 

 

Ipswich Urban Transect Zone of Transition Regeneration Housing  Portman Road

 

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9 June 2001at GR 157446

 

One of the last sites on Handford Road that is clearly awaiting development. This car park has become well-established, at least in terms of its parking surface. Car parking is the most popular of  temporary land uses in this zone, being near to the centre and, in this case, the football ground.

 

Ipswich Urban Transect Zone of Transition Car Parking Handford Road

 

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30th May 2001 at GR 156445

 

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The junction of Handford Road and Elliott Road shows signs of regeneration, both in the building in the centre and the grassy area and shrubs net to the main road.

 

 

 

 

Ipswich Urban Transect Zone of Transition Housing

 

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9 June 2001at GR 154445

Elliott Road displays the high density urban housing pattern now facing the pressures of replacement, or gentrification! A narrow street without off-street parking, the road has been made one-way.

 

Ipswich Urban Transect Zone of Transition Housing Parking

 

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9 June 2001at GR 154445

 

Streetmap Handford Rd and London Rd

Looking past the off-license and "Three Jolly Sailors" pub on Hanford Road towards its junction with London Road. Together with car hire, these functions are typical of businesses looking for passing trade on an arterial route.

 

 

Ipswich Urban Transect Zone of Transition Arterial Routeway Commerce 

 

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30th May 2001 at GR 154443

 

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The off-license and "Three Jolly Sailors" pub on Hanford Road, this time looking back towards the centre.

 

 

 

Ipswich Urban Transect Zone of Transition Arterial Routeway Commerce 

 

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9 June 2001 at GR 153445

A clear site for redevelopment on the south side of Hanford Road - and as the sign says, near 2 retail parks and 5 main car dealerships ... with a traffic count of 15-17,000 a day!

 

Ipswich Urban Transect Zone of Transition Brownfield Land Use Site Commerce 

 

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9 June 2001 at GR 152446

The site, although now overgrown, is clearly a brownfield location, and backs on to the properties of Cullingham Road. Total area is about one hectare.

 

 

Ipswich Urban Transect Zone of Transition Brownfield Land Use Site Commerce 

 

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Cullingham Road marks the edge of the inner city residential zone in physical terms, because beyond it are car dealerships and the two channels of the River Gipping. these are more substantial dwellings than those of Elliott Road, and the street is also broader.

 

Ipswich Urban Transect Zone of Transition Housing Parking

 

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9 June 2001 at GR 152446

 

The Lidl supermarket, the first in a series of retail outlets that have their own, free parking.

 

 

 

 

Ipswich Urban Transect Zone of Transition Commerce Retail Parking

 

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30th May 2001 at GR 151446

 

Opposite Lidl is the Ipswich Retail Park, where Halfords, for one have their main outlet.

 

 

 

 

Ipswich Urban Transect Zone of Transition Commerce Retail Parking

 

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The BMW car dealership at the junction of London Road, West End Road and Yarmouth Road. Down West End Road, to the left in this photograph, lie a number of dealerships specialising in up-market marques.

 

 

Ipswich Urban Transect Zone of Transition Commerce Cars Dealerships

 

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30th May 2001 at GR 150445

From the London Road Bridge over the River Gipping can be seen one of the industrial/warehousing/commercial range of premises.

 

 

 

Ipswich Urban Zones London  Road River Gipping Bridge Flood Plain Commerce Warehousing

 

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The junction of London Road with Hadleigh Road. This junction has become much more formalised, with right-turn lanes and dual-carriageway, with the growth of traffic and nearby retail outlets, notably Sainsbury's.

 

 

Ipswich Urban Zones London Hadleigh Road Junction Arterial Sainsbury's

 

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The Orwell Retail Park, off Ranelagh Road has been around for many years. Stores have changed hands and, more recently, the environment of the park has been landscaped.

 

Ipswich Urban Transect Zone of Transition Commerce Retail Environment Retail DIY Furniture

 

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A major land-use, rarely seen by the traveling public, is the railway sidings as seen from the bridge over London Road. It is open to speculation if, some time in the future, some of this land becomes available for alternative uses.

 

Ipswich Urban Transect Zone of Transition

Railway Land Use Change

 

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Allotment off London Road, with a fine view over the railway tracks to the city centre. Such land use may come under great pressure, but any attempts to dislodge allotment holders would probably falter in the political climate of Ipswich.

 

Ipswich Urban Transect Zone of Transition

Allotments Land Use 

 

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Semi-detached housing on Crane Hill, offering improved off-road parking and greater accommodation than street nearer the centre of town. The suburban bus service is an important feature of such estates.

 

Ipswich Urban Transect Suburbs Housing Public Transport 

 

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Crane Hill and new suburban services and centres of employment. Note the attention to a safe road crossing.

 

 

 

Ipswich Urban Transect Suburbs Services

 

 

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30th May 2001at GR 144441

A view from just opposite Robin Drive, which is the main access to Chantry from London Road. This shows Chantry Park, with its designated play area, and the main house across the considerable open space.

 

Ipswich Urban Transect Suburbs Chantry Parks

 

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Taken from the first (or last!) house on the north-side of London Road approaching the Post House intersection and traffic lights. Between the housing and the A1071 road to Hadleigh is a open field.

 

 

Ipswich Urban Transect Outer Suburbs Rural/Urban Fringe Arterial Roads

 

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30th May 2001at GR 133433

The usually congested intersection of London Road, the A1071, and  Scrivener Drive. It once marked the effective limits of the urban area, but today Pinebrook lies beyond this point, as does the important retail park at Copdock Mill.

 

Ipswich Urban Transect Outer Suburbs Rural/Urban Fringe Arterial Roads

 

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The Post House Hotel, enjoying a semi-rural aspect, whilst being close to fast road access at Copdock Mill, and straightforward access to the town centre and all other local areas.

 

 

Ipswich Urban Transect Outer Suburbs Rural/Urban Fringe Post House Hotel

 

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The access road to Park-and-Ride was, of course, the old A12 is less congested times.

 

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30th May 2001 at GR 126427

 

 

The Interchange Retail Park, as seen from a large mound in Tesco's car park.

 

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11 October 2003

 

Tesco and part of its car park, looking back towards the Retail Park.

 

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11 October 2003

Streetmap - the suburbs to Copdock Mill

Looking towards Washbrook from Tesco's.

The A14 marks a clear break for the south-westwards spread of Ipswich.

 

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11 October 2003

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