Date issued: 15 December 2020
Initial groundworks to bring forward the development of new public realm for Colchester are set to begin this week.
As part of the forthcoming new public space at St. Nicholas Square being developed by Colchester Borough Council, important feasibility and investigation work needs to take place.
Colchester Archaeological Trust have been appointed to investigate two areas of the site. Archaeologists will be undertaking some initial trial pit testing works at the location from Tuesday 15 December 2020.
The site was a former burial ground before St. Nicholas Church was demolished in the 1950’s. The site will be investigated for any Roman deposits before planning applications and further work on site can commence. The works are estimated to take up to four days.
Councillor David King, Portfolio Holder for Business and Resources said: “I am pleased that work is beginning to help bring forward what will be an attractive new public space. It will provide a safe and vibrant social hub which will benefit nearby retail and hospitality businesses.
“It’s important that we are sensitive to this historic site and ensure that all the necessary groundworks are completed in order to advance the project and take advantage of the investment secured from the Accelerated Town Deal Fund.”
The St Nicholas Square project is being designed by HAT Projects Architects and is due to complete later in 2021. Funded by the Accelerated Town Deal fund, it will provide attractive public space and seating and opportunities for continental outside dining.
More information on the public realm projects can be found here. Information on the Town Fund can be found here.