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Expressions of Interest invitation for Abbey Field Community Centre

The Abbey Field Community Centre is currently let to the Mercury Theatre

Date issued: 30 August 2019

Ideas are being sought by Colchester Borough Council for the future use of its Abbey Field Community Centre through a public Expressions of Interest process, which is now open.

The Abbey Field Community Centre is currently let to the Mercury Theatre who are occupying the space whilst their main theatre (located close to Balkerne Gate) is undergoing extensive renovations. The building will become available once these works have been completed, which we anticipate being sometime during Autumn 2020. The council would like to hear from organisations, businesses or groups who are interested in taking over management of this unique building providing a sustainable future and ongoing benefit of the community.

A viewing day for the Abbey Field Community Centre has been arranged for Thursday 12 September 2019, 10am to 3pm. This will provide organisations, businesses or groups wishing to submit an expression of interest, with an opportunity to ask questions of Colchester Borough Council officers.

Councillor Michael Lilley, Colchester Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Communities, Wellbeing and Public Safety, said: “This is an exciting opportunity and we’re looking for proposals to sustain the future of this wonderful building and benefit the community. I look forward to seeing the interesting ideas that come forward and how these will help keep the Centre thriving to help make a Better Colchester.”

For more details on how you can submit your interest and to clarify the criteria and expectations from any new tenant please complete the Expression of Interest form which can be found at, The Expressions of Interest process closes on 2 October 2019 at 12noon.

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