Ipswich: Cheers! Historic brewery set for new lease of life

A RESTORED Cliff Quay brewery could become the centrepiece of an ambitious new �30million Waterfront development creating hundreds of new jobs.

Under the plan, which is due to be submitted to borough planners later in the summer, the former Tolly Cobbold brewery would become a hub for the community with a variety of uses.

A new medium-sized supermarket would be built nearby and there would also be new homes, a hotel, and a health and fitness club.

The development would include the Anglo-Norden site on the Waterfront – linking it to the Orwell Quay homes that were built about ten years ago.

An exhibition showing off the �30million development is due to be held at the Brewery Tap pub next to the site on July 10.

The plan has been drawn up by Bury St Edmunds-based property developers Pigeon.

Consultant Clive Thompson said: “The plans represent an opportunity to continue the regeneration of the area.

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“This scheme is intended to restore and preserve a prominent local landmark, the Tolly Cobbold Brewery, and bring it back into beneficial use.

“It is a unique feature in the town and echoes the long industrial heritage of Ipswich.”

“The intention is that the brewery building should accommodate a lively mix of public uses, such as speciality outlets, design and craft activities, gallery and performance space and a possible brewery-themed visitors’ centre and micro-brewery.”

The developers estimate that about 400 new jobs could be created through the redevelopment, which they see as the natural “bookend” for the town’s Waterfront – echoing the Mill development at the other end of the wet dock.

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer welcomed the news: “If this means the former brewery will be brought back into use that is great news.

“The brewery is one of the best-known and best-loved landmarks of the town and it has been waiting for a new use for many years.

“So far as the rest of the development is concerned we will have to wait and see what the public reaction is – but it shows there is still a great deal of interest in the Waterfront.”

Mr Gummer said that with work possibly starting again at The Mill and the Tesco development in Grafton Way due to get under way later this year, the prospects for the Waterfront were very promising.

“If this development gets the go-ahead it will mean that the entire length of the Waterfront from the new Tesco to the brewery will have been completed – apart from the Wine Rack and one or two smaller projects.”

The brewery closed in 2002, ending 256 years of brewing at that site.

n Should the brewery be redeveloped? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail starletters@archant.co.uk

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