Despite being hit by a two-month delay due to Coronavirus, Manning’s Amusement Park is still determined to see its Beach Street market open before the end of summer.
The shipping container retail and dining village, located on Felixstowe seafront, has resumed groundworks, and is expecting delivery of the first converted containers on 7 July.
“It’s been a bit frustrating – especially as this has been the longest spell of really good weather at this time of year we have probably ever seen – and all we could do is wait,” Charles Manning told the Ipswich Star.
“I am confident we can now get on fairly quickly. We were making good progress on the groundworks – lots of things can cause delays in a project of this kind but we never expected a virus to stop anything.”
The units, converted by Stowmarket firm Portable Space Ltd, will contain a range of pop-up businesses and street food outlets, surrounded by a paved ‘street’ featuring pathways, outdoor seating and palm trees.
“We are very excited. We are investing into the location and the site and there will be 16 new businesses for people to come and see and share in, a really cool seafront community.”