LEARNING EXPERIENCE: Ipswich MP Jennifer Howard meets QUT architectural students keen to do a project on the revitalisation of the Top of Town.
LEARNING EXPERIENCE: Ipswich MP Jennifer Howard meets QUT architectural students keen to do a project on the revitalisation of the Top of Town. Contributed

Building on city's history

THE Top of Town was paid a visit by more than 20 architecture students from QUT this week with a view to doing a project on the revitalisation of the iconic strip.

QUT architecture lecturer Jim Gall said that the students, completing a masters degree, came to Ipswich because of its historic buildings and to look at ways to utilise that history while moving the precinct into the future.

Ipswich MP Jennifer Howard spoke to the students about the history of the Top of Town and answered questions.

"The questions centred around the projected growth of the region, the demographic of the region and the historic significance of the Top of Town precinct," Ms Howard said.

"The overall consensus from students was that they were impressed with Ipswich and they were inspired by much of what they'd seen around town and that they'd definitely be visiting again."

Mr Gall said the issue raised was the need to bring life to the streets "seven days a week".

Ms Howard said the Top of Town was important in a city like Ipswich, which had heritage as one of its defining qualities.

She said it was the only inner city Ipswich precinct in which a historical streetscape of old commercial buildings remained intact

"I believe that a continued revitalisation of the Top of Town precinct is crucial to Ipswich's future direction," Ms Howard said.

"I'm delighted that these students from QUT are taking on this project and look forward to seeing the results when they are completed."