Ipswich: Tower Ramparts to get a multi-million makeover to become Sailmakers

Artist's impression of Sailmakers - the new name for Tower Ramparts. Artist's impression of Sailmakers - the new name for Tower Ramparts.

Thursday, July 24, 2014
5:14 PM

The Tower Ramparts shopping centre is to get a £4million makeover next year – getting a new identity and hopefully some new shops.

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Centre built on site of old school

The Tower Ramparts shopping centre opened in November 1986 and was built on the site of the former secondary school that had the same name.

Before it was built, the town’s market had used the site for several years. Even before the centre opened it suffered a major setback – the “anchor store” at the bus station was due to have been House of Fraser, but the company pulled out of the project while construction was under way.

However, before the centre opened it was announced that space would be occupied by a Littlewoods department store – although that would not be ready for several months after the rest of the centre opened.

Tower Ramparts centre was given an update in the mid-1990s, but suffered a major setback in early 2006 when Littlewoods closed for the last time. This meant the largest store unit in the centre remained empty – apart from a few months as a temporary jeans shop – until two floors of it were converted into new Iceland and Poundland stores earlier this year. The shopping centre had been owned by several different management companies since it opened, but was bought by LaSalle Investment Management in 2011. At the time of the purchase the company said it would be looking to invest in the centre – and today’s announcement is the confirmation of a major development of the site.

Its name will change to Sailmakers – reflecting Ipswich’s maritime heritage and the shopping centre’s position at the northern end of the new shopping axis leading to the Waterfront.

And it will have a new look both inside and outside – including the possibility of some retail units having their size changed to offer more flexibility to tenants.

The new look will come a year after major changes at both ends of the centre, with River Island moving into an enlarged shopping unit facing Tavern Street and Poundland and Iceland moving into new units beside the bus station.

Earlier this week it was announced that Boots, which opens into the centre, is also looking at a major upgrade of its store.

Shopping centre owner LaSalle Investment Management is about to formally lodge a planning application to the borough for the changes to the signs at both ends of the centre. If the application is successful, work at the centre should start at the end of January, after the Christmas sales, and should be completed by this time next year.

Gavin Ingram of LaSalle said: “We are undertaking a significant 
investment in the future of 
Ipswich with this substantial refurbishment.

“We are aiming to create a new, fresh, vibrant shopping centre, one that will continue to bring new stores into the town, along with jobs.

“With the new name, we wanted to reflect Ipswich’s rich history as a trading port.

“Sail-making was one of the major industries of Ipswich in past years, and helped it to develop from a 
small port into the busy town of today.

“This new vision is in line with the borough’s broader plans for developing Ipswich as a waterfront town centre, and is reflected in the materials and architectural improvements we are making.”

The plans have been welcomed by Terry Baxter, chairman of Ipswich Central.

He said: “The reinvigoration of the scheme brings millions of pounds of investment to Ipswich’s retail core and will act as a magnet for new retail names.

“I welcome the change of name as this reinforces the Greater Ipswich Partnership’s vision of Ipswich as East Anglia’s Waterfront Town.”

Centre manager Mike Sorhaindo said: “I’m delighted that the centre owners are making such a big commitment to ensure that our facilities are the very best.

“It’s a real investment into Ipswich.”

For mroe reaction to the proposals, see our latest story here.

59 comments

  • Well this certainly opened up some debate. I don't think Scott Brock and Ipswich Entrepreneur see eye to eye somehow. I personally think the name is irrelavent as everyone will still call it Tower Ramparts anyway. It needs a revamp and if done correctly could be great. Open it all up with a huge seating area in the centre surrounded by eating places and perhaps fountains, skylights etc loads of light is the answer nothing worse than a dingy shopping centre. Reduce parking fees and get this right and people might come back to the centre of town.

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    royg

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • and just to back that up this is what they said about the name change: “With the new name, we wanted to reflect Ipswich’s rich history as a trading port. “Sail-making was one of the major industries of Ipswich in past years, and helped it to develop from a 
small port into the busy town of today." They never once suggest or state that a sailmakers was based on the waterfront, but that it was a trade which existed in Ipswich. Just like it does today in and around Ipswich.

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    Scott Brock

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

  • Ips Ent - "Ipswich has never had a Sailmaker" is the statement you made. Stand by it, you can't delete it. Funny you say Ipswich has never had sailmakers but a quick google of some history and i find that apparently in the 17th Century Sailmaking replaced wool as one of the main trades in Ipswich. Maybe you need to take it up with the historians? Does it mater whether it was on or near the waterfront? Quite clearly they stated the name is based on Ipswich's connections to Sailmaking, not Sailmaking on a near the waterfront. Does it matter? Not one bit. I really don't think they are so stupid as to make it up? But perhaps you are a secret history scholar? Along with being first class businessman? And two napkins short of a picnic

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    Scott Brock

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

  • Ips Ent - "Ipswich has never had a Sailmaker" is the statement you made. Sand by it, you can't delete it. Funny you say Ipswich has never had sailmakers but a quick google of some history and i find that apparently in the 17th Century Sailmaking replaced wool as one of the main trades in Ipswich. Maybe you need to take it up with the historians? Does it mater whether it was on or near the waterfront? Quite clearly they stated the name is based on Ipswich's connections to Sailmaking, not Sailmaking on a near the waterfront. Does it matter? Not one bit. I really don't think they are so stupid as to make it up? But perhaps you are a secret history scholar? Along with being first class businessman? And two napkins short of a picnic

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    Scott Brock

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

  • Scott Brock, not sure if you need a mental heath consultant... or to go back and get re-educated at school! Your inability to read and poor geography is plainly awful. Ransomes Europark is pretty much (give or take) the most South Easterly place in Ipswich... IT IS NOWHERE NEAR THE WATERFRONT! Which raises the question still as to why they have renamed Tower Ramparts to Sailmakers. ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ Without reading your drivel again, you have probably sold the idea to locals that by calling it Sailmakers it links the traditional town to the wet dock (waterfront area)... except, like I said (scroll down and read below), we have never had a Sailmakers around the docks or in our history... ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ If you didn't understand the first and second time, we have never had a Sailmakers at the "waterfront" and Ipswich wasn't founded or settled at the "waterfront". In fact, relatively few people lived anywhere near the waterfront as it was deserted land before becoming mostly industrial zoned. ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ We do not have a significant naval, sailing or otherwise similar, heritage. Just like everywhere else with a river, if its there... people used it. You may be shocked to know that despite the river, most travel to and through Ipswich was by roman road. The Romans pre-dated the Anglo Saxons lol ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ There is limited information to tourists about history of the wet dock in plaques and information boards... the council wants to wash away the industrial past with a modern leisure area. Faking history seems trivial; especially when our council gave up our museum to control of Colchester for access to some potential funding. Most of any success the waterfront has is directly because the university is located there. Without the university, the waterfront is nothing.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Ipswich has never had a Sailmaker? Ipswich Sail Medic Sailmakers Unit 14, Foxtail Rd, Ransomes Industrial Estate, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP3 9RT

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    Scott Brock

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Ips Ent - there are some really good Doctors in Ipswich.

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    Scott Brock

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • what? haha ha ha hahaha ha haha Oh My... haha! ha giggle giggle, haha, HAHAHA!!! Goodness me! Is this serious? Don't get me wrong, TR is dated, it needs a rebrand, its a good move, but Sailmakers isn't! I get what they are trying to do link the top most North Axis with the South Axis (is it me or does all this axis talk make me think of the war?) i.e. the waterfront... but Sailmakers? haha! Cmon, really? Ipswich has never had a Sailmaker... talking wet dock and surrounding areas... we have had yacht builders (still got them), ship yards, warehouses, coprolite factory, grains, aggregates, manure, malthouse, fertiliser factory, the docks quite obviously... trading goods with europe, brick works, gas works, power station, ... there was even a workhouse where the Felaw Maltings now is... but never a Sailmaker! ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ HaHa Its a bit sad the council is tempting people to learn our history, people research it then they find out all this tourist attraction commercialism is a bunch of lies... Ipswich first settled near where the council buildings are... not the dock... I am sure they travelled here via the river... and went past, but not the point. You might as well say our history is in germany lol. ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ Place references should make sense... Cardinal Park and (New) Wolsey Theatre... Cardinal Wolsey, Ransomes Europark ...after Ransomes, Castle Hill as there used to be a castle-like Roman villa there, the whole Northgate St, Westgate St and East Gates (shopping centre, that once was, in Carr St) in reference to the gates that used to surround the town, Bruff Rd after the railway engineer who built stoke tunnel amongst others... on the same theme... Station St as where the original train station was and Celestion Drive where speakers used to be manufactured. To name just a few! ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ Then you have Scott Brock from Star Trek (or is it Star Wars?) who feels his preaching is more valid than anyone elses comments, continuously twists others words for his own agenda and NEVER gets any of his messages rejected. Its as if he is a plant by IBC or Ipswich Central. Must have a friend at the Star or perhaps he is the moderator?! Tries a little too hard and desperately for my liking... to try and sell the waterfront to residents, missing the point its intended for non-residents! But c'mon, Sailmakers! ha giggle giggle, haha ha ha hahaha ha haha Oh My... haha! haha, HAHAHA!!!

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • @Esco - so they should spend years on the waterfront regeneration and millions of pounds and then NOT promote it? That's silly. Of course they should. And whilst the unfinished parts are a pain they don't detract the experience for visitors that much I'm sure. So whilst yes they should promote other parts of the town too, I wouldn't disagree i fail to see what people find so offensive about IBC shouting about arguably one of Ipswich's biggest assets. In fact one of the reasons Ipswich has such a poor reputation is it doesn't shout about it's qualities enough allowing the obsession with all the negative things about the town to run riot in people's ideas and minds. Change is a good thing. If the town stays as it is it's dead. Time to move on.

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    Scott Brock

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Scott you seem to wilfully misinterpret many comments to try and denigrate the points people are trying to make. To the detriment does not mean it is the reason. It's so often the case here, people who want Ipswich to do better and post the reasons why and where they think it could do better are just dismissed as naysayers and doom-mongers. I am an out of town person just saying what it is about Ipswich that makes it unattractive. There IS an obsession and a drive to market the Waterfront as the jewel in the crown and sell it to people from outside the area and the fact is that should not be done until it's completed otherwise visitors will just visit and leave disappointed. Look at sites like Trip Advisor for reviews. Ignore the reviews from residents, as they are not the target visitor as confirmed time and time again, and see what non-residents comments say and you will see what I mean.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • @scott brock I am fully aware of who owns what but perhaps would question why the shopping centre itself needs a name change. Name changes cost money and if that comes from private equity then fine? If IBCIpswich Buses do change the name of the bus station to match that of new shopping centre then that will involve considerable public cost which you and I will pay for so Iwe have the right to comment.

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    Chris D

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Erm Chris D, seeing as IBC own Ipswich Buses and support this project then i guess they won't mind much at all... And also the bus station isn't named after the shopping centre, so why does it have to change it's name too? Given Ipswich buses serves Ipswich people i think they'll know where it is name change or not wont they?

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    Scott Brock

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • I wonder how much a name change impacts on busineses. Ipswich buses can't be very excited at the prospect of having to change just about every timetable, not only the printing but the considerable work to replace all those at our bus stops.

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    Chris D

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • How about Hops, Ships, and a Dump? Ipswich has all three. Sorry I must learn to curb my cynicism.

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    Chris D

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • While Ipswich does have some Maritime heritage it pretty well has nothing much to do with "Sailmakers". I can only guess that it was the only name they could come up with they could pluralise. It's as if giving it a new name will make it better. There's nothing wrong with Tower Ramparts, its whats inside that counts. They might even be a case to call it Ransomes given its long history in the town. Lets hope they don't turn it into a tacky theme park like the proposed market square with it's ship masks suggestion.

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    Chris D

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • @Johnthebap... finally!! Someone who knows the truth to what's really going on!!!! Very well said sir.

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    Liam Dodd

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Esco - you said the obsession with the NA axis was of detriment to the rest of the town... But I'd say it's neen sticking with the EW axis which had caused not just the town centre to suffer but everything around. A rejuvenated and vibrant centre will be good for everyone and everywhere in the town centre and beyond. If the town is sinking as people say sticking with what we have would be more to the detriment of the town surely? it won't get any better without radical thinking and investment.

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    Scott Brock

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • @Scott. I didn't say the NS axis was the reason the town centre is struggling, not sure where you got that idea from.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • @Esco, surely the obsession with the old-fashioned East West route through town is the reason it is struggling NOT the obsession with the North South as this is a relatively new concept... Sure the the North South axis isone of the driving reasons behind this regeneration which will benefit the town, i don't see where it is to the detriment? The council are often accused of not finishing things and not thinking in a joined up way... well this is an example of finishing something (ie the waterfront) AND thinking about how it connects to everything else. Rome wasn't built in a day... sometimes baby steps are required first. I fail so see anything bad in either this regeneration or renaming. And you will be curious to see it when it's done... So start from there. After that u might not be convinced but give it a chance first.

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    Scott Brock

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • @Lee Sadler, I agree. It's nice to see some regeneration but, as an out of borough resident who stopped using central Ipswich last year i'm not sure it will be enough to tempt my family back. And I know there are plenty where I live who feel the same and now go to Colchester and BSE instead. The north south axis seems to be an obsession to the detriment of much else in the town. There are many natural barriers between the town centre and the docks area, without knocking it all down and re-routing the one way system there will never be a natural flow between the two. Another thing is that there is not actually much to do down the docks once you have had enough of looking at yachts. A couple of bars, a couple of restaurants and that's it.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • All - if you want to see some more pics the BBC wesbite local news section has some - it shows the inside as Janec said no more lift and the Bus Station exterior which looks very nice. Very simple, very clean with a very striking large "S" logo over the entrance. A vast improvement over the current state. My only thing about the choice of white is - will they clean it regularly?

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    Scott Brock

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • @Lee - the connection is being made as part of markteting the town further afield than Whitton for a chnage. And they are marketing it based on the most unique asset (and arguably biggest, or potentially biggest attraction) it has - the Waterfront, there is simply nothing like it in the Region. The object is that the town centre ie shopping benefits from the visitors drawn to the waterfront and vice versa. As we know habits are changing and people don't go "shopping" as much as they used to, but they do have leisure time so combining the two is common. That's why they are creating both physical links - signage, roads, buses, and suggestive or metaphorical links names, historical references to join the two together. it's something i different and it's much needed. as they say if you always do what you've always done you always get what you've always got.

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    Scott Brock

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Why can our decision makers not look beyond linking everything to the waterfront, is beyond me. Yes, we have a waterfront, however, unless the ties correlate to the fact that in both, there is one or two roses among a field of weeds, then I wish they'd just make decisions based on merit and what's actually required in the town.

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    Lee Sadler

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Is there anything that commenters can't turn round to comment about immigration?

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    Pop-pop

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Scott, I hope the plans come to fruition. There's a lot of work to be done in the town centre. Name changes nearly always result in a mixed response and it will be a long time before the former Tower Ramparts shopping centre is known as Sailmakers. My late mother used to talk about going to shop at Footmans, which was a store located at what became Debenhams.

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    BigGeoff

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • polish coffee shop better

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    Lee mundy

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • I'm pleased that this retail centre will be refurbished as it's well overdue, and hopefully might encourage more shoppers into the staggent town center. However, the choice of name is strange to my ears, and sounds like a name of a department store rather than a shopping centre. I can't see the locals calling it anything other than Tower Ramparts. As it is we still use ' The Electric House', 'Footmans' and 'The Wash' as place names.

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    Driven Roundabend

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Great news! The centre has needed this doing for years. Hopefully buttermarket shoping center will follow with a new look.

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    john

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Tower Ramparts will always be Tower Ramparts. I remember when they named Crookety Arch Ashcroft Lane - just another waste of money and transitory change dreamt up by some outsider PR bod.

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    Sarky Sage

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • @Louise - i don't think they ever suggested there used to be a Sailmakers there so it's hardly a fail. They clearly said the name is linked the town's waterfront heritage not the location's heritage.

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    Scott Brock

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Sorry guys, there actually used to be a HATGLOVE factory in the 18th century where Tower Ramparts now stands. The famous Ipswich artist Frank Leslie grew up there. #historyfail. The sails do look pretty though.

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    Louise Parnell

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Well over due for refurbishment, so am pleased. Hope they increase the seating inside and keep all the current public toilets. Will try and see the plans but hoping they will be put onto a website somewhere.

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    K Mcc

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • The 'axis switch' will never work for 2 simple reasons:A- they tried it before and made a hash of it, and B- old fashioned common sense. People who visit a town to amble and browse not only need something to keep them busy all the way along the route, and need to retain their bearings. A route need to lead from starting point to destination point thand then back: two important destinations at opposite ends of a town, a square route (a bit like Colchesters' town Centre) a triangular route ( Norwich, Brighton) or two transport stations ( many of the popular markets in london follow a clear route in detween tube stops). A dog leg leading nowwhere ( no matter how attractive) results in people getting bored, losing their bearings and then getting lost. Ipswich already has an established rectangular shopping district and many side streets that, with regeneration and investments, could provide the independent, hippie and cool part. The Waterfront itself should be a seperate destination- again, Norwich manages this with a seperate shooping area by the river that survives independently of the City Centre. Ive said it before and will say it again. Why don't they consult with people who actually DO spend time shopping to try to ram round pegs into square holes.

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    Sentinel Red

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • @BigGeoff - the plans have been drawn up with the council so doubt they'll fail to get approval. I think it's the other way round, they'll be joining the small units together to make bigger ones. AS for the name change, it's not just a name change, the whole place is being re-newed as part of a new vision for the town centre - The waterfront town centre... It's aimed more at those shoppers they want attract from outside the borough, I suspect everyone else will still be calling it TR for years to come!

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    Scott Brock

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • And if you respect animals and their right not to be ripped to pieces by hunters for 'fun', I urge you NOT to vote Tory in the next election as they are determined to give this barbaric activity back to their wealthy chums who often have nothing better to do.

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    Johnthebap

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • @Tedbundy: "Don't know why freedom is advocating bringing back the party that brought this country to its knees,and opened the floodgates to mass immigration, 4 years later still cleaning up the mess, presume they want to finish us off good and for all." I feel this political statement should not go unanswered. The Tories are still allowing mass immigration (mostly from Eastern Europe and totally unstoppable), they have massaged the figures by stopping students coming here (who had to bring money in with them and were NOT allowed to claim benefits) and, in doing so, lost the economy £6 billion per annum. They also seem to encourage their wealthy foreign chums into the UK (especially Russians) who then caused a massive acceleration in London house prices and have fuelled a housing bubble in much of the UK which will cause much pain to the ordinary man as soon as interest rates rise; but the Tories also accepted donations from these wealthy Russians (surprise surprise)! The debt we have now is TWICE as large as it was when they came to power; the TRUTH of the 'recovery' is that it is another 'boom and bust' built on a foundation of debt. The ordinary person in the UK (including the elderly, the disabled, the ill, the weak, the poor) is still suffering from Tory policy whilst the wealthy are having a great time, helped by a generous tax cut from their Tory chums. So vote Tory? Unless you are one of the wealthy few then you need to have your head examined.

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    Johnthebap

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • I usually walk from the end of Carr Street out to M&S, so find Tower Ramparts the shopping centre I use most; it will be a positive thing to improve it. But all this talk of "waterfront" is nonsense; there never will be a shopping axis from Town centre to 'waterfront'. Those who have property to sell on that axis may wish to push the idea (you know who you are Archant Ltd!) but most sensible people know it is a no-no.

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    Johnthebap

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Makes a refreshing change to see a few positive comments for a change...I'm sure I can just make out a pig flying in the clear, blue sky! :-)

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    Robotix

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • When a name has been around for a very long time people will refer to it by what they know. My grandmother still refers to the bus station part as Electric house. In another part of the town at the docks they have tried to rename it the "waterfront". What's that for? I still and always wil;l call it the docks because I am old enough to remember the ships and the freight trains coming onto the docks there and I was born in the '80s.

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    Andrew Berry

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • What difference will a change in name make? Bear in mind that planning permission has yet to be granted. Reading between the lines it would appear that more, smaller units are going to be made, which will be more affordable to prospective tenants. Perhaps the Greater Ipswich Partnership will turn its attention to other parts of the town centre like Carr Street.

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    BigGeoff

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Good stuff, to be honest, it had two options, a complete refurb or buulldozed and the latter isn't ideal. I think with it being right in the middle of the town centre, with a bit of TLC it will attract far more retailers. Don't know why freedom is advocating bringing back the party that brought this country to its knees,and opened the floodgates to mass immigration, 4 years later still cleaning up the mess, presume they want to finish us off good and for all.

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    Tedbundy

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Janec - totally agree... negativity only breeds negativity! You can't win. Apparently the entrance designs are inspired by the original barges that used to be used at the docks. Neat touches like this will give it character and connection to our history. People will still moan moan moan though as they have nothing better to do!

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    Scott Brock

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Scott Brock- great comment. There is a public exhibition where you can see the plans, history of Ipswich Docks plus how it all links together. I'd urge anyone with an interest or opinion (negative and positive) to go and see it. There is a chance to leave feedback. I think some will be pleasantly surprised. For those who are saying things won't change, I think the only thing that has been hard to shake is the negativity. So here we are being negative. If things don't change they stay the same. Simple really. So let's welcome a change and wait and see what happens.

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    janec

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Have you seen the pictures? The lift isn't there. The whole centre will be changed to make the flow better. There is a public exhibition in the centre from tomorrow. If you get a chance, take a look at the plans.

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    janec

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Too little, too late.

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    Chubby26

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • I have been as critical as any over what is happening to Ipswich but will say this is good news but...............please please get it right from day one.It would be very sad to be writing here in 5, 10 years time saying another opportunity lost. In the meantime let's all get behind the plan.

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    how'd the town do

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Could someone please tell me, when the tories have cut peoples 'Disposable Income' just how they expect Retail sales to pick ?, people are cutting down on unnecessary spending and only buying 'Essentials' !. This 'Downturn' is happening all over the country, not just in Ipswich !, roll on May 2015 only 9 months to go now !

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    freedomf

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Not sure about the new name. It has, and always will be Tower Ramparts. We apparently have to drop one historical reference name to once again link up with the Waterfront. Whilst the Waterfront is just being continually developed with loads of flats and a couple of retail units at the bottom it will never be anything to link up to. It's mainly housing so I'm still not sure what they are trying to do. As for Tower Ramparts. Yes it could do with a revamp. As I no longer use the buses I must admit I never even use the firstground floor that comes in from the bus station, and as for the groundlower-ground floor, I probably only ever go as far as the lift. The whole center is in need of some structural change to make it flow. It has too many corners where ntis just go un-noticed. If the revamp can improve the look and flow then great...but it's still going to be called Tower Ramprts to me and probably most people in this town over 15!

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    Chris Church

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Sail making? I had never heard of it but I did a search and found the following - In the late 16th century a sail making industry started in Ipswich. It flourished in the early 17th century but it declined in the later part of the century. So the new name has it's finger on the pulse of modern society.... why not call it the "Lawnmower Centre" or "Tractor centre" or something a bit more modern than the 17th Century. Or is this another attempt to generate some interest in the Waterfront as in "Look, we are a waterfront town, even the shopping centre has a link"? And I agree, if that monstrosity gets planning permission someone at the council is taking a backhander.

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    Citizen

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Sentinel - yep agree... it's possible they could re-configure the escalators to create a better flow through the Centre... I guess we will see.

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    Scott Brock

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Robotix - awesome comment!

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    Scott Brock

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Good News! I hope they are able to restructure it to make use of the dead space at the back end by poundland ( I have lived in Ipswich 10 years and in that timne I don't think any of those units have been in use) and the dead space at the top floor. It will never be a top end shopping centre but can do better than charityy shops and second rate cafes!

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    Sentinel Red

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • I see it doesn't take long for the usual negative downbeat attitude to arrive... Seriously there is no pleasing some! This is great news. Mary and Gasman you'd be surprised what a good architect can come up with the reinvigorate a tried old space, why don't you wait and see the plans before pouring boiling water over the whole thing. Surely this has got to be better than the state it's in now? This is great news and much needed. The investment will draw new tenants as it'll show signs of confidence. It's well known Waitrose signed up to the Corn Exchange due to the work that was done to create Giles Circus so they had an attractive entrance space and dwell spot. Love the name too, cleverly connecting the waterfront and town centre.

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    Scott Brock

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • I think it's good news but hey, let's have a moan anyway with one foot firmly in the grave...

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    Robotix

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Unfortunately as the old saying goes you can't polish a turd to make it better

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    Gasman

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • There isn't that much you can do with it I'm afraid and when you look at Norwich's shopping centres......! Surely they won't get permission for sticking that monstrosity at the entrance!

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    Mary Mary

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • It is still going to be in the same place so the arduous climb will be the same? the investment is great news but I can't see the name taking off, could be wrong but heyho..

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    C Smith

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • They can change the name if they like but it will still be known as Tower Ramparts as it has been Tower ramparts for decades (the school), same as a snickers will always be a Marathon to people of an age, Sellafield will still be Windscale (they thought we would forget)!!! and when I go into town and get dropped off it will always be by Grandma (Giles) not the name of the street, some things should be left.

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    C Smith

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • For me, Tower Ramparts is an inconveniently arduous climb to the post office, or a convenient shelter from the rain. I'm looking forward to seeing how it will turn out, great news.

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    Ipswichite

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

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