State-of-the-art Waterfront complex on course for spring public opening

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An exciting development on Ipswich’s Waterfront which will house a new archive centre and state-of-the-art facilities is on schedule for its public opening in spring 2020.

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership contributed £250,000 from its Growing Places Fund towards The Hold – a project which aims to attract new visitors to the town’s burgeoning Waterfront area.

Partners and local press were given a tour on Tuesday 20 August to see the progress being made on the site and it’s all on schedule.

The building will provide a new home for the majority of Suffolk’s unique archival collections and additional teaching spaces for the University of Suffolk. It will be part of the university campus and will be run jointly by the county and university.

As well as a 200-seater auditorium and seminar rooms, The Hold will also feature a public exhibition space and café. Once completed, more than 100 direct and indirect full-time jobs will be created, along with training and apprenticeships.

The Hold has also been awarded a £414,763 grant through the Coastal Communities Fund, to deliver a “comprehensive, year-round heritage activity and events programme to develop new audiences to visit Ipswich Waterfront”.

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