Seven Stand Out Projects

Companies, projects and locations that make us proud


Ultra fast Broadband


Colchester is rolling out world-class, fibre optic UFBB connectivity, enabling 900 town centre businesses, propelling the town centre into one of the UK’s best connected places. Hosted at the Creative Business Centre, the new UFBB service is enabling the growth of Colchester’s creative and digital sector.


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Firstsite is a £28m contemporary visual art gallery designed by New York architect Rafael Vinõly.

It is the catalyst for the regeneration of the St. Botolph’s area of Colchester town centre.

With the new Ultra Fast Broadband access, Firstsite is core to the growth of Colchester’s creative and digital sector.



This multi million pound conversion of a beautiful Georgian masterpiece brings a new level of luxury to Colchester’s tourism offering.

Greyfriars is situated close to the St Botolph’s regeneration area of the town centre.

The town’s creative communities have brought inspired contemporary takes on a classic Georgian interior.


Northern Gateway

With rapid population growth in north Essex, the Colchester Northern Gateway is an emerging £137m leisure destination in the East of England anchored around the Weston Homes Community Stadium which as well as being the home of Colchester United F.C., already hosts world-renowned performers such as Sir Elton John and Lionel Richie. The generation opportunity is to create a range of high quality sport and leisure experiences two miles north of Colchester’s town centre including:

  • A new Sports Centre
  • Rugby
  • Archery
  • A Cycling Race Track
  • A BMX course
  • A David Lloyd Sports Club
  • An IMAX Cinema.






Colchester High Street has been transformed by the £30m+ development and expansion of the former Williams & Griffin department store. Such investment is stimulating other activity with Metrobank, White Stuff and other new names to come.


Creative Colchester

Creative Colchester is a collaboration of arts and cultural organisations which are delivering projects such as the Creative Business Centre, a creative business support programme and a talent accelerator.

The Mercury Theatre has a £9m ambition to extend and refurbish the theatre. Work starts later in 2018. Find out more here.

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Colchester – Ultra Ready