The Old Police Station on Queen Street, the site of the innovative new Creative Business Centre, has been covered by an eye-catching new building wrap. Phelan Construction Ltd are currently progressing with work on site to transform the building into a new creative hub. The banner wrap, which covers the front side of the building, will protect the site and also raise awareness of the project, with artist's impressions and website link. Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth and Planning, Councillor Bill Frame said: "Work is progressing at pace with the building construction; the banner is a great way to make residents, visitors and businesses aware of what is happening on site. The Creative Business Centre is a really important development in the progression for the area. It will provide a hub for creative businesses and emerging talent. This will enhance both economic development in Colchester and also create new jobs in the town."
The Centre will be at the heart of the emerging Creative Quarter in St Botolph's. It is located close to the planned Curzon cinema, Firstsite, the Minories and the Waiting Room, together with a range of restaurants and cafés proposed in the adjacent development by Building Partnerships.
Cllr Kevin Bentley, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Infrastructure, said: "Essex is fortunate to play host to a wealth of forward-thinking and developing businesses, which are helping to grow the local economy and prove that Essex means business. This brand new specialist business centre will give other creative and digital businesses a home to set up in Colchester and help this sector flourish and grow."
Clear-out work on the building site is progressing at pace, but due care is being paid by the contractors to preserve historically or architecturally important parts of the building, including staircases and fireplaces.
Work between the Council and its partners to design the Centre's electrical, gas and connectivity networks is now progressing. Once completed, it will be one of the most technologically advanced buildings in Colchester Town Centre.
Matthew Jolly, Phelan Construction Client Relationship Manager said: "Work on the creative business centre is progressing well and we are proud to be involved with this important local development. Hopefully the building wrap will help to raise local awareness and support for the project as it continues to gain momentum."
The new facility is due to open in 2016 and will be managed by an independent operator.
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