The radar scanner which was on the top of the office building has been displaced by the current demolition project, but it is still working – now on a steel pole.
“We have to keep it operational throughout,” explained Jonathan Dyke, SYH managing director. The scanner belongs to Ipswich Port Authority, and monitors the river (with the help of a camera, also on the structure) for ABP.
Once the new office building is complete, it will return to its familiar position on the roof.
On December 9, the administration offices moved to the building at the head of the slipway (the former Bob Spalding building) to allow redevelopment – significant enlargement and improvement – of the original offices.
Demolition work began immediately, and the new building is due for completion in late summer 2010. In the meantime, managing director Jonathan Dyke is keen to stress that it is business as usual. All telephone numbers, email addresses etc remain unchanged, and all the functions of the harbour are continuing as normal – just from different locations.
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The new building by the harbour entrance is complete and Bob Spalding Marine will be moving its operations to the new secure compound - complete with a network of new security cameras. The move will not only provide better facilities for Spaldings, but will also have benefits for the harbour.
The old Spalding building is to be refurbished. Some of the space will be occupied by SYH and some by the Classic Sailing Club. The CSC is not a sailing club in the usual sense. It owns six classic boats, which are run on a time-share basis.
The new building by the harbour entrance, which is to be the new office and showroom for Bob Spalding Marine and Leisure, is rapidly taking shape.
Now the windows have been fitted, the strong "family resemblance" of the building to the Harbour Room is becoming clear!
Boats will soon be moved to the new secure compound, and it is expected that the business will move into the new premises before the end of July.