Ipswich: Administrator promises action on Mill, months after cladding came down in St Jude’s storm

The Mill, Ipswich. The Mill, Ipswich.

Friday, May 23, 2014
1:44 PM

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That’s the call today, nearly seven months after the tallest building in Ipswich – at the centre of the town’s bustling waterfront – was left damaged by the St Jude’s Storm.

Cladding on The Mill was blown off during October’s storm – leading to a flurry of polystyrene-like material floating to the ground.

No one was hurt when the lightweight cladding was blown off, but it left a mess around the Waterfront and in the wet dock itself.

The tower has still not been repaired, but the administrators responsible for the building are in talks with builders to try to get the work under way.

Today, Ipswich council leader David Ellesmere said it was vital that the work was carried out as soon as possible – he hoped the cladding would be restored by the maritime festival later in the summer.

He said: “I think it is very important that this is done. It is only cosmetic – but it is vital for the Waterfront as a whole.

“We have seen the impact of the ‘wine rack’ and how that has damaged the image of the area. We don’t want the same to be said of The Mill. I know it is not complete – but at least it looked good until the storm.”

A spokesman for administrators Baker Tilly said: “We hope the repairs are completed as soon as possible. We are speaking to the builders about what needs to be done and how the work should be completed.”

At the time of the damage it was stressed that the cladding is merely cosmetic and the damage caused by the gales would not affect the building’s overall structure.

The 23-storey tower block appeared complete before the storm, but inside it was never fitted out and has not been occupied.

It had been hoped that the work would be completed by the time summer events began at the Waterfront, but Baker Tilly could give no assurance about any fixed timescale for the work.

14 comments

  • So they are concerned about a few missing panels from the tallest building while the worst eyesores down there - the skeleton of a building Joe Steedman refers to, the former Burton's factory and the ugly monstrosity of a grey silo - are left to rot. The administrators of the property appointed by the so-called Irish 'toxic' bank met with Ben Gummer in Ipswich to look at the site and assess the situation there a couple of years ago but still no action from them.

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    Ken Kernow

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • I'll look out for Lego pieces in the charity shops.

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    Chris D

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • jc do you want ipswich bombed .the archant group do not know who the luftwaffe are..

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • who cares about the mill having a tiny bit off the side i mean yeah it doesnt look great but nothing will look good until the skeleton building has gone or been made into a proper funtional building!

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    Joe Steedman

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • It symbolises Ipswich, falling apart and nobody cares about mending it.

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    how'd the town do

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • I was thinking of rental properties, I totally agree re the purchasing side of it that would be an issue but those struggling to afford rental houses that larger familes may need could possibly benefit from 1-2 bedroom apartments that they could rent.

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    Garth

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Garth, I am a simple soul, can you please explain to me what 'affordable housing' actually is? I understand how it can be affordable for the first purchasers, but once they sell they just make a fat profit.

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    ElaineD17

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Unfortunately the Waterfront is the corporate face of Ipswich, the money would have been better invested in rejuvenating our town centre, but hey at least the waterfront looks nice.....

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    Garth

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Is this really all they want for Ipswich - for this piece of vanity "Waterfront" to "look good", even if it is hollow and empty and serves no useful purpose whatsoever?

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    blue&white

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Why not fill the wine rack with giant inflatable bottles and turn it into a piece of art?

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    John Felton

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • JC - That comment has made my day.

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    Tedbundy

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • We have a housing shortage in Ipswich...why is there no push to kit this building out with affordable housing units for small families or single people many of whom have been put in to financial hardship via the bedroom tax?? Surely it would be cheaper than new builds and also offset the colossal waste of money that the developments like the mill and the wine rack have turned out to be. Is it lack of foresight? a tax deductible loss? or is it that certain people do not want the riff raff living there? I may be being simplistic and I will no doubt be corrected but it must make better business sense to have a building making money (no matter how small) than standing as shell earning nothing??

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    Garth

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Ugly looking building with or without cladding.

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    David White

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • wheres the luftwaffe when you need them

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    JC

    Friday, May 23, 2014

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