Ipswich Weekender – all the fun of the fair

The fun fair arrived on Friday evening for the weekend. It was a joint venture with the University so the Uni car park was added to the available space give lots of room for people to sit and enjoy the facilities which included the fun fair, a stage and lots of food stalls.

First off, we have the fun of the fair.

Lastly, the Dodgems – which was new for this year.

There was a very good selection of food stalls which were all being well attended.

Plus the inevitable Ice Cream van, which didn’t seem to have too many customers.

There was a full compliment of emergency services to ensure that all bases were covered.

Lastly, there was a sound stage set up in the Uni car park. If you like country music this set was for you.

The A Listers at the Aurora and the new Mix café were both very busy as well. All in all, it was very well attended. It seems that there is going to be another Weekender in December but I am not sure about the format of that one.

Progress on Anchor Street

Last night, there was a meeting for all the residents of Anchor Street held with EWS, Carters and the consultant engineers. It was quite well attended. Tom Bartlett did the introductions and then Carters gave an overview of the proposed Anchor Street work.

A lot of what was said had already been covered by me with regard to Capstan House so I think that I can skip over a lot of the content. These are the important items:

  • Carters will be securing the balcony doors – they will change the lock of every balcony door and keep the key.
  • The scaffolding will take around 7 weeks to erect it all.
  • The scaffolding will take around 17 weeks to erect it all.
  • The walkways between the Podium and Anchor Street will be blocked for the duration.
  • The whole thing will take around 70 weeks from start to finish.
  • The wrap material will be the same as on Capstan and No.7 as the requirement is the same – not flammable and windproof.
  • Some parking spaces need to be taken away for the duration as the roof of the underground area is not strong enough to hold the weight of the scaffolding. Most of these are being given free permits for the large Duke Street car park.

To get a valid EWS1 certificate Carters must prove that there are no combustible elements in the wall spaces. This is done by having inspections at every step pf the process by a national certification body (ORSA) and the council. In fact the work is being done to a higher spec. than this so that the buildings (as for Capstan and No.7) with get the highest rating level at EWS1A.

As you probably know, there is internal work needed. This work is not part of the EWS1 process so it will continue as previously agreed.

That’s about all that is different from that which is known already. If you have any questions that I can answer please contact me on my iwblog425@gmail.com.

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