Alumno Group has released new images of its St. Botolph’s Quarter development which highlight the high quality design and vibrant new public space that form part of the proposals presented during recent public consultation.
The images show views from Firstsite Square, Queen Street, Rampart View and Theatre Square.
Alumno’s plans have been drawn up after extensive engagement with Colchester Borough Council’s Planning Department, Historic England and a design review by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). Importantly, the plans are also in line with the Council’s St Botolph’s Quarter Masterplan which was agreed in 2005.
David Campbell, Managing Director of Alumno Group said: “We are working with the Council so we can make a positive contribution to Colchester. These images show the high quality scheme which we think is vital for such an important location, and how the public spaces around it can be filled with life.
“There is a lot of interest in our plans and we have been considering community feedback. We want to provide an economic boost to the town centre and our current proposals include student accommodation and a new hotel, but also offer the potential for affordable artist studios leased on a long-term basis, public art, a heritage trail through the site and boardwalk next to the Roman wall.”
Anna Harding, Chief Executive of SPACE said: “This is a positive development. We have a long standing relationship with Alumno and have worked on several successful projects in London. This scheme will allow us to grow beyond our current Queen Street premises and focus on assisting more local artists and creatives.”
Councillor Nick Barlow, Portfolio Holder for Commercial Services at Colchester Borough Council said: “Following Alumno’s consultation with the local community, and particularly with the release of these new images, I feel that we have an excellent and detailed preview of the development.
“It is clear that the regeneration of this area of Colchester will introduce dynamic and flexible public spaces and create opportunities for creative and community organisations. It will be a real asset to the Cultural Quarter and to our town as a whole.”
Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor Tim Young added: “I’m delighted to see these new images, which show the life and vibrancy that these plans are set to bring to this part of Colchester. The new job opportunities it will create are very welcome and form part of the wider economic boost this project will bring to the town centre.”
Recent changes to the proposals, made following public feedback, include expanding the amount of public space alongside the boardwalk adjacent to the Roman wall at the south end of the site. This leads to the southern square, which sits behind Queen Street and will be available for community events.
Click on the images below to see an expanded view.