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Prominent Ipswich Heritage Precinct stays in Local Hands
For Immediate Release, 29 April 2013: (One of Ipswich’s most historic Heritage precincts is set to remain in local hands.) An Ipswich businessman and his wife have recently purchased the Former Bremer Institute of Tafe building on the corner of Limestone and Ellenborough Street, with plans to restore these heritage buildings into an upmarket business precinct.
The purchase includes the main building on the corner, which was the original Queen Victoria Silver Jubilee Memorial Technical College, officially opened in 1901. It was the first building on the site and was in response to a need by the local community for training facilities for technical pursuits. The Technical College was well received, described as an “architectural ornament to the town” and “undoubtedly the prettiest building in town” by the Queensland Times on opening.
The Architect was Brockwell Gill, who has designed a number of prominent buildings around Ipswich, such as Ipswich Girls Grammar School (1891), The Ipswich Flour Mill (1901) and the Soldiers Memorial Hall (1922).
“To see such magnificent buildings abandoned in the heart of the Ipswich CBD always seemed a waste, so when the opportunity came up to procure these buildings, we decided we would keep them in Ipswich hands and purchase them ourselves” Said new owners, James and Tracey Long.
“We value the history of our City and have an extreme respect for heritage listed buildings. These buildings hold a lot of Ipswich’s past, and should be a part of Ipswich’s future. We did not want to see the buildings continue to slowly deteriorate.
“The plan is to keep this landmark true to its past, while also restoring the building to meet current building codes. The site will be a business precinct, predominately available for office use as well as some restaurant and café space in the laneway areas between the buildings.” Mr. Long said.
With over 3200m2 of prime space, this prominent heritage building is set to become a landmark for businesses across the Ipswich City.
Development is due to commence June 2013 to be ready for mid 2014.