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Colchester Borough Council is providing support for residents, businesses, and communities. The government has announced that England has returned to Plan A. You should continue to protect yourself and others. Find further guidance on GOV.UK.

Updating Colchester

Find out about the different projects going on around Colchester to improve our borough.

Balkerne Gate public realm


We’re delighted to see the phase one of the Balkerne Gate public realm project completed outside the Mercury Theatre.

The development compliments Colchester’s cultural assets by opening up more attractive and accessible walking routes through the town centre. Building on our heritage, the development boasts a beautiful gateway through the original Roman wall, as well as a greener walking environment with more trees.

Outside the theatre, the redesigned site includes an accessible, kerbless public area with new seating. We hope this will be followed by Balkerne Gate Phase two, which has plans to transform the area around Jumbo and up to Church Street.

Page last reviewed: 1 December 2021

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