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Archant continues investment in Suffolk with new Ipswich office

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After 50 years in Lower Brook Street - Archant has relocated to new premises in Princes Street.

From Monday October 24, Archant's Suffolk HQ will be situated in the newly-refurbished Portman House – which is located on the junction of Princes Street and Portman Road next door to Ipswich Town's football stadium.

This is the fifth time Archant’s Suffolk business, whose publications include the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star, has moved to new premises in the town, since it was first published from Upper Brook Street in October 1874.

From 1887 the paper was located in Carr Street where it stayed for almost 80 years, before moving to the purpose-built Lower Brook Street premises in 1966.

Portman House was originally built in the 1920s as a bonded warehouse for Churchman's the cigar makers.

Jeff Henry, Archant chief executive, said: “The move from Lower Brook Street to our new offices in Princes Street is a major investment by Archant in its Suffolk business - and a significant milestone for us after 50 years at Lower Brook Street.

"It demonstrates our confidence in Ipswich, and in Suffolk - as well as in the future of our own business, and that of the whole industry. We will continue to improve the lives and businesses of the communities we serve.”

Terry Hunt, Archant's Suffolk editor-in-chief, said: "This move is hugely exciting for everyone who works in the Suffolk business. The new offices are perfect for the modern multi-media business which Archant is. The location is at the very heart of the Princes Street business corridor, where a number of developments are now underway. Within the next five years, this part of Ipswich will become the business hub.''

Archant’s Lower Brook Street Office officially closed to the public at 4pm on Friday, October 21 – before the doors opened on the new offices at 9am today (Monday, October 24). The Lower Brook Street site is now being developed by McCarthy and Stone, who will be transforming it into retirement living apartments and cottages.

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