£750,000 improvement scheme at St Peter’s Wharf, Ipswich completes early


The scheme which began early January 2019 is now complete and brings an enhanced, more welcoming area for residents and visitors enjoying the Ipswich Waterfront

The scheme also set out to accommodate the high number of pedestrians and cyclists that use the area and support local businesses by improving access for large vehicles visiting the Port.

The scheme was funded via a bid to the Coastal Community Fund by Ipswich Vision and was delivered by Suffolk Highways, Suffolk County Council and Ipswich Borough Council (IBC). The works were completed under budget and two weeks ahead of schedule. Additional maintenance was also completed during this time, such as replacing all manhole covers and installing new bollards and railings.

The footways along St Peter’s Wharf were reconstructed and there is now a clear carriageway, ensuring a defined area for vehicles and pedestrians. A seating area has been introduced along with bicycle railings and three new trees.

Councillor Mary Evans, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Rural Affairs, said:

“I am very pleased that the improvements are complete and ahead of schedule. I am confident the works will be really appreciated by residents and visitors to the Waterfront especially in this warmer weather.

“Major improvements in an area such as St Peters Wharf can prove difficult and disruptive, however I would like to thank everyone for their patience while the project was being undertaken. 

“It was extremely disappointing that the trees and new benches were vandalised so soon after they were installed. We are working closely with Ipswich Borough Council to install CCTV, however in the meantime, if anyone witnesses criminal damage, please contact Suffolk Police immediately.”

David Ellesmere, Leader of Ipswich Borough Council, said:

“The completion of the works at St Peter’s Dock is an important step in the enhancement of the whole area. The Borough’s proposals for the derelict buildings adjacent to Dance East, which were unveiled last week, show our determination to transform this key gateway to the Waterfront.”