Demolition work begins in Colchester town centre as part of regeneration project

The building which is due to be demolished as part of plans to redevelop the town centre. Picture: C

The building which is due to be demolished as part of plans to redevelop the town centre. Picture: COLCHESTER BOROUGH COUNCIL - Credit: Archant

The refurbishment of Colchester’s town centre is progressing, as demolition work starts on St James House and the former Waiting Room today.

Due to the location of the building next to Roman House and Queen Street, the demolition will be done from the top down and surrounded by a wrapped scaffold to minimise dust and disturbance.

Councillor Annie Feltham, portfolio holder for commercial services, said: “This demolition work is a notable milestone in the redevelopment of the Queen Street area. St James House 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 by demolishing the building, we will be taking a significant step in improving the look of the area and in taking forward our longer term plans.”

The area already occupied by St James House and The Waiting Room will become part of a larger St Boltolph’s Quarter redevelopment.

This will provide hotel, leisure, retail and student accommodation.

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