The Whisstocks site was a former boatyard in Woodbridge comprising of a number of large steel framed buildings with a substantial area of concrete hard-standing overlain very soft clay soils. The site is constrained between the River Deben on one side and the town’s railway station on the other.
The River Deben is at constant risk of flooding and as part of the works the previous flood wall to the south of the development had to be replaced with a higher flood barrier and gate.
The development included a new boatshed to house a full-scale replica of the Sutton Hoo Anglo Saxon burial ship, a new museum, a restaurant and a large ground floor commercial unit with three stories of residential apartments over.
The buildings were successfully designed to reflect the maritime heritage and historic architecture of the area.