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Creating quality public places and spaces

It's important that any new buildings and street scenes compliment Colchester's existing architecture. This can be by contrasting old with new in interesting ways. But connecting spaces matter too.

St Botolph's ruins

Colchester needs to feel right

Open spaces need to be clean, views of historic buildings need to be kept, new tree plantings  bring shade and colour, and benches will  provide rest in new public squares so you can watch the world go by. New lighting will show off Colchester's unique  buildings, flower displays and new green open spaces.  The Better Town Centre supplementary planning guidance gives developers and other organisations direction about how the Council is seeking to develop the town centre.


Read on to find out more about what's happening ...

2010 - St Botolph's Priory: Work to improve the grounds of the ancient priory was completed, including new seating, landscaping, improved access and security. The work refreshed an existing public space, enabling residents and visitors alike to better appreciate one of Colchester's most important town centre historic buildings.  

firstsite on a sunny day 2010 - Christmas lighting: a first, 3-year contract to provide Christmas street lighting was warmly welcomed by local people and businesses. The scheme also provided for illumination of the iconic Town Hall with festive lights. A new contract for Christmas lighting will be signed in 2015.  

2011 - Firstsite: a new public space was opened outside Firstsite in September 2011. It provides stylish paving, seating and lighting, and an open space for activities and enjoyment. The space will complement the exciting new developments taking place in St Botolph's over the next few years.  

2012 - New Magistrates' Court and Town Square: The redevelopment of this part of St Botolph's makes reference to the engineering and broader heritage of the area. The striking Paxman Crankshaft Memorial is located in a prominent place in the square. The redevelopment project was a joint undertaking by CBC, Greater Anglia, Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service, and Breheny Civil Engineering.

Curzon conceptual image Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser windowSt Botolph's regeneration: Public consultation with detailed visuals for the redevelopment of the upper part of the St Botolph's Quarter by Building Parternships Ltd and Corinthian Curzon will begin in late 2015. The project envisages the construction of new footpaths and cycle routes linking Colchester Town station and Bt Botolph's Priory to East Hill and through to Culver Street East, Priory Walk and Short Wyre Street. Corinthian Curzon will turn Roman House (the former 'Keddies' department store into a 3-screen boutique cinema and high-quality restaurants. Meanwhile, Building Partnerships Ltd will lead the redevelopment of the former bus station and adjacent buildings to form an attractive leisure quarter with enhanced public access, complimenting the cinema and the Creative Business Centre. 

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