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Encouraging view from top of Winerack as work develops on building

PUBLISHED: 07:15 14 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:07 14 May 2018

Tour of the Winerack develpoment site along Ipswich waterfront as work begins on the project. Picture: ANGELA SHARPE PHOTOGRAPHY

Tour of the Winerack develpoment site along Ipswich waterfront as work begins on the project. Picture: ANGELA SHARPE PHOTOGRAPHY

Angela Sharpe Photography 2018

Developers met dignitaries atop Ipswich’s until-recently abandoned ‘Winerack’ building to celebrate the unblocking of a stalled regeneration project.

Tour of the Winerack develpoment site along Ipswich waterfront as work begins on the project. Picture: ANGELA SHARPE PHOTOGRAPHYTour of the Winerack develpoment site along Ipswich waterfront as work begins on the project. Picture: ANGELA SHARPE PHOTOGRAPHY

In March, work began to complete the Waterfront building, left unfinished when City Living went into administration in 2010.

In recent days, a crane moved in to lift scaffolding into place

Tour of the Winerack develpoment site along Ipswich waterfront as work begins on the project. Picture: ANGELA SHARPE PHOTOGRAPHYTour of the Winerack develpoment site along Ipswich waterfront as work begins on the project. Picture: ANGELA SHARPE PHOTOGRAPHY

A hard-hatted group gathered to observe progress on the project, which will bring 149 homes, 5,000 square feet of commercial space and about 56 jobs to the Regatta Quay area by the end of 2020.

The £20million scheme is being completed by property developer John Howard and contractors RG Carter Construction, with £15m from housing and regeneration agency Homes England and £5m from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Tour of the Winerack develpoment site along Ipswich waterfront as work begins on the project. Picture: ANGELA SHARPE PHOTOGRAPHYTour of the Winerack develpoment site along Ipswich waterfront as work begins on the project. Picture: ANGELA SHARPE PHOTOGRAPHY

Mr Howard, of Ipswich Wharf Developments, said: “At long last, we’re delighted to see the construction of the Winerack now fully under way.

“The Ipswich Marina is the crown jewel of Ipswich, and completing this building will transform the skyline of the harbour and provide another 150 homes in this stunning location.”

Tour of the Winerack develpoment site along Ipswich waterfront as work begins on the project. Picture: ANGELA SHARPE PHOTOGRAPHYTour of the Winerack develpoment site along Ipswich waterfront as work begins on the project. Picture: ANGELA SHARPE PHOTOGRAPHY

The Homes England deal to bring forward development has been shortlisted in the RESI Awards, recognising residential property developers, investors, landlords, house builders, housing associations and local authorities.

Ipswich MP Sandy Martin and borough council leader David Ellesmere joined representatives of Homes England, New Anglia LEP, Ipswich Vision, RG Carter, Ipswich Wharf Developments and Zenzic Partners, which advised developers on financing the scheme, for a tour of the site.

Tour of the Winerack develpoment site along Ipswich waterfront as work begins on the project. Picture: ANGELA SHARPE PHOTOGRAPHYTour of the Winerack develpoment site along Ipswich waterfront as work begins on the project. Picture: ANGELA SHARPE PHOTOGRAPHY

Nick Walkley, chief executive for Homes England, said: “The Winerack is a really important example of how government is prepared to intervene to unblock stalled developments and help people and businesses to thrive.”

Chris Starkie, New Anglia LEP chief executive, said: “This project marks a step forward in the transformation of this part of Ipswich, and it will help to unlock new investment and development opportunities.”

Tour of the Winerack develpoment site along Ipswich waterfront as work begins on the project. View of the winerack and crane from out of town. Picture: ANGELA SHARPE PHOTOGRAPHYTour of the Winerack develpoment site along Ipswich waterfront as work begins on the project. View of the winerack and crane from out of town. Picture: ANGELA SHARPE PHOTOGRAPHY

Nadine Buckland, of Zenzic Partners, said the Winerack was a great transaction to be involved with, adding: “It was a very innovative financing structure with Homes England and the LEP, and it’s great to see it translate into delivery of what will be a fantastic scheme.”

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