Regeneration of Ipswich Waterfront

This is an essay on the regeneration project that is currently being undertaken. Includes facts and dates and annotated pictures.

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Will the regeneration of Ipswich Waterfront be a benefit or
a drawback to the area?
Ipswich Waterfront is currently being transformed from warehouses and factories into living
accommodation and retail outlets. Ipswich was a thriving traditional dock in the 19th century.
It was the largest enclosed dock in the United Kingdom in 1842. It had many different types
of produce going in and out including flour, salt and other important produce like wool from
Norfolk which was to be shipped to the Netherlands. The picture below shows the original
structure of the buildings. It shows some parts of demolition and also some of the
regeneration taking place.
This picture shows how much regenerating is being taken place. This picture was taken in
2006, before most of the work had started.
During the time that the waterfront was a thriving area, the buildings had become in
decline like many other docks that could find cheaper produce from other sources. The
waterfront was and still is a vital area of the central business district. Many people started
slowly losing their jobs until the buildings were left empty and there was no work left. The
area became run down and derelict. This was a negative point of the Waterfront as it was
not aesthetically pleasing. It led many people
away from the area. Ipswich Waterfront became a
hot point for drug dealing, graffiti, vandalism and
crime. The area had no good use and it was
decided that it could be renewed and a
regeneration of the area could take place.
Many individual investors took part in buying
parts of the waterfront. Many of these were
bought by wealthy middle class people. This is called Gentrification. They would buy and
improve the areas, while getting a little profit.
The waterfront at present has been developed into a high market of flats which are
privately rented or owned. Also along the actual waterfront there are many services including
restaurants and retail shops. Most of the area has been modernised but there is still vital
work needed. Some of the area is still flat
ground which if it was developed will add more
value to the area. It is important to invest in
urban areas that are in decline because there is a
shortage of accommodation. The old can be
created as new on Brownfield sites which can
save the more rural Greenfield sites.

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This picture shows a fire within a factory in 2008. This was caused by vandalism and it
shows how important it is to change the area. By updating a rundown area, it can make
someone's perception of the area better.
I think that the regeneration will benefit the area because it will bring more people to
the area. The retail outlets and restaurants will bring jobs and employment to the people
perhaps living in the flats above.…read more

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Overall, I think that this was worth doing to
upgrade the area around the docks.
The pictures below show before and after picture of the Waterfront. I think this show
a massive investment that has paid off to update the Waterfront and dock area.…read more

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These maps show where the area around the Waterfront is being developed:…read more


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