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Regeneration works continue to progress in Colchester Town Centre

Date issued: 1 August 2017

Colchester Borough Council's regeneration of the Town Centre is set to continue, when demolition work starts on St. James House and the former Waiting Room.

The work, which is due to start on the 2nd August, 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. 

Lee Storer, from Anglian Demolition, gave the following insight into the project: "Anglian Demolition is extremely pleased to be involved in such an exciting project on behalf of Colchester Council. Along with working on projects immediately adjacent to St. James House, we are in a privileged position to see the positive impact that the regeneration scheme is already having on the St Botolph's Quarter.

After months of planning, the works are due to commence on St. James House. Every effort has been made to ensure that the local neighbours and businesses will be impacted as little as possible during what is a complex demolition process - and would like to thank them in advance for their ongoing co-operation and support."

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.  As a temporary measure the Queen Street frontage will include a hoarding with decoration/artwork and installation of some seating in the small area of landscaping, immediately adjacent to Queen Street. 

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 area currently occupied by St. James House and The Waiting Room will be part of the larger St Botolph's Quarter redevelopment which will provide hotel, leisure, retail and student accommodation.