Phase two for hi-tech centre

JACKSON Construction has won a contract to carry out a second phase of work on the hi-tech IP-City Centre complex within the Waterfront regeneration area in IpswichThe £1.

JACKSON Construction has won a contract to carry out a second phase of work on the hi-tech IP-City Centre complex within the Waterfront regeneration area in Ipswich

The £1.3 million scheme follows the initial £2 million project - for which Ipswich-based Jackson was also the contractor - to create the centre by converting the former Spoils warehouse.

Jointly funded by the East of England Development Association (EEDA) and Ipswich Borough Council, the centre is part of the IP-City scheme to promote technological growth in and around Ipswich, encourage investment and long-term development, while strengthening links with Cambridge to form a hi-tech trading corridor between the two conurbations.

The latest phase of the development will see the contractor fitting out the first floor of the new centre, creating high specification offices and conference rooms to cater for the town's growing number of technology companies that have outgrown their existing premises.


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Mark Hart, director of Jackson Construction's public division, said: “The IP-City Centre has proved a great success, with increasing demand for space driving this latest phase of development to provide high quality office accommodation for the region's rapidly expanding technology businesses.

“Alongside our recently completed £13 million Neptune Marina development, Jackson Construction is firmly establishing its regeneration credentials and we look forward to playing a key role in Ipswich's ongoing revival.”

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Simon Meecham of Ipswich Borough Council added: “Phase 1 of the project has been a resounding success; it has met its targets for attracting business from outside the region and helped companies to grow within Ipswich.

“The conference centre has also reviewed enviable feedback from its users. It is closed while phase 2 is under contraction, but booking can now be made for this summer onwards. Phase 2 has already received strong interest where office units available range from 69sq m to 538 sq m, and - catch it while you can - a soon to be released light warehouse of 1,138 sq m.”

Details of the units are available from agent Fenn Wright.

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