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Demolition works begin at Magdalen Street former bus depot

Historic features will be retained and incorporated into the new development

Date issued: 26 November 2018

The continued regeneration of the Town Centre is set to continue when demolition work starts on the former Magdalen Street bus depot on the 26 November 2018.

Whilst the main structure on the site and smaller outbuildings are to be demolished, historic features – including the front elevation of the building to Military Road, sections of historic tram track and the Colchester Borough coat of arms plaque – will be retained and incorporated into the design of Victoria Hall Management Limited’s proposed development of managed student accommodation.

Kevin Warr, Senior Development Manager from Victoria Hall Management Ltd gave the following insight into the project: “We are thrilled to commence demolition of the existing buildings and to start work on this exciting new project to regenerate a long-standing vacant site within the town.

“Every effort has been made to ensure that local neighbours and businesses will be impacted as little as possible during what is a complex demolition process – and we would like to thank them in advance for their ongoing co-operation and support.”

Councillor David King, Colchester Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Resources, said: “This demolition work is a notable milestone in the redevelopment of this area of Magdalen Street. The former bus depot 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 is a positive step towards the exciting planned development which will undoubtedly breathe new life into the site and nearby area.”

The works are planned to take approximately four weeks to complete.

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