12 Aug Colchester Town Centre to benefit from regeneration work
Colchester Town Centre’s regeneration is set to continue, when demolition work starts on St. James House and the former Waiting Room.
The work is expected to last several weeks. Due to the location of the building adjacent to Roman House and Queen Street, the demolition will be undertaken from the top downwards and surrounded by a wrapped scaffold to minimise dust and disturbance.
Councillor Annie Feltham, Portfolio Holder for Commercial Services, said: “This demolition work is a notable milestone in the redevelopment of the Queen Street area. St. James House has been derelict for a number of years and is an eyesore. The work has been carefully planned to create the minimum of disruption, and by demolishing the building, we will be taking a significant step in improving the look of the area and in taking forward our longer term plans.”
The positive impact that the regeneration scheme is already having on the St Botolph’s Quarter has been largely welcomed, the redevelopment will provide hotel, leisure, retail and student accommodation.
With this area of the site cleared and the keenly anticipated opening of the Curzon cinema it will help to spearhead the next phase of regeneration in this part of the Town Centre.