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Contractor appointed for multi-million pound Northern Gateway sports and leisure park

Date issued: 22 November 2018

Colchester Amphora Trading has awarded the contract for the main build element of the flagship Northern Gateway development, following a competitive tender process.

Councillor Nick Barlow, Colchester Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Commercial Services, and Chair of Colchester Commercial Holdings Ltd, said: “We look forward to moving forward on the delivery of this much-anticipated sports park to the residents of Colchester and the surrounding area. Colchester Borough Council is investing in this innovative facility to enhance Colchester’s reputation for sport and leisure, promoting a healthy and active lifestyle for borough residents.

“The tender process to appoint the contractor for the site has taken into consideration the high quality and exacting standards expected by Colchester Borough Council.”

The initial phase of the development comprises 76-acres of innovative and exciting sports and leisure facilities and will deliver a cycling track, sports centre, archery range and outdoor mixed-use leisure spaces. The sports centre design includes a gym, studio space, sports hall (to be utilised as a regional hub for cricket and badminton), and an on-site café.

In addition, a new and high-specification clubhouse will be created for Colchester Rugby Club, with floodlit 3G and natural grass pitches, allowing ample space and facilities for the club’s well-attended senior rugby matches and equally popular youth and mini rugby.

Construction is due to start in early 2019, with the first phase of completion due in autumn 2019.

The tender award contractor announcement is subject to the standard two week call-in period.

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