Bramford road reopens in Ipswich after lengthy closure caused by safety concerns

Bramford Road pictured earlier this year during its closure. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Bramford Road pictured earlier this year during its closure. Picture: GREGG BROWN

A major Ipswich road which has been partially closed for more than two months due fears over the safety of a building has reopened to motorists tonight.

The top end of Bramford Road had been shut at its junction with Norwich Road amid concerns about the safety of the Ipswich Kurdish Islamic Cultural Centre.

The former Rose and Crown pub was being extended in November when Ipswich Borough Council (IBC) took the decision to closed the nearby road to both motorists and pedestrians after the building was deemed “structurally unsafe” by health and safety bosses.

Council leaders confirmed soon after that Bramford Road would remain shut to traffic indefinitely.

A spokesman for IBC said at the time the council was working with the owners of the Islamic centre to make the site safe.

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However, shortly after Christmas work began on demolishing the building.

The IBC spokesman said at the time: “We are looking forward to work getting underway and opening the road as soon as possible.”

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Aran Ismail, of Noore Builders, which was carrying out the extension at the centre, previously offered assurances the building was at no risk of collapse.

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