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Work starts at empty Burtons building on Ipswich Waterfront as new leisure facility planned





Work has begun to transform an empty building in a Suffolk town centre into a new leisure facility.

Ipswich Borough Council have started the renovation of the Burtons building on Ipswich Waterfront.

The building, built 100 years ago, was originally a key part of the Port of Ipswich as the confectionary firm’s warehouse.

Ipswich Borough Council (L-R Tom Smith, Programme Manager and Councillor Martin Cook, Portfolio Holder for Resources at Ipswich Borough Council)
Ipswich Borough Council (L-R Tom Smith, Programme Manager and Councillor Martin Cook, Portfolio Holder for Resources at Ipswich Borough Council)

Contractor Clarke Demolition Company (CDC) has completed work to remove spoil and concrete from the basement of the building, which has enabled additional surveys to be carried out.

A new design for the leisure facility is set to be completed this summer, ready for structural works in early 2024 and the grand reopening.

Councillor Martin Cook, Portfolio Holder for Resources at Ipswich Borough Council, said: "Redevelopment of the former Burtons building is a key part of the regeneration of Ipswich Waterfront, so we’re pleased to see works progressing to bring this empty building back into use.

"The building represents an important part of Ipswich’s history and will become a leisure destination for residents and visitors to enjoy."