Suffolk One, the new sixth form centre on London Road but just outside
the Borough, was awarded 'Best Educational building' in the 2011 East
Anglia Building Excellence Awards. It features solar water heating and
a ground heat recovery system.
St Mary at the Elms Church is being lovingly restored after the fire which
broke out in its early Tudor tower in July of last year. Scaffolding fills
the interior space so that the wooden beams and plaster of the roof can
be restored. Church services continue to be held in this, one of the most
homely of our twelve medieval churches.
Giles Circus should be a leafy new public space. But the five semi-mature
trees planted last year show results of the drought. The tree nearest to
Butter Market is thriving because that's the way the drainage flows. The
others are under-nourished. More loving care needed?
Azerbaijan won the European Song Contest. Will its Olympic team, based
in and practising in Ipswich, break out into song as they explore and
enjoy our town centre?
Suffolk Youth Theatre was one of the region's truly outstanding cultural
assets with its productions at the New Wolsey Theatre directed by Michael
Platt. Metamorphosis, put on earlier than usual and at Dance East, was
its last full-scale production because of withdrawal of funding. Sadly,
the shape of things to come?
Ipswich Town Centre Walking Map should be a great help to visitors - and
useful to locals as well? It emphasises the north-south axis to show the
proximity of the Waterfront to the town centre. Rightly, it includes the
Museum and the Mansion, but being on a large scale has to exclude Portman
Road and DCS/Suffolk New College. Copies at the TIC and some shops.
A 'vintage market' was held on the Waterfront on Sunday, 15 May; it
proved a popular attraction (photo below). Such events help to assure
the public that this is a developing and changing part of the town. Look
out for publicity about the ambitious Maritime Festival on 21-22 August,
organised by IBC and with many participants.