Sports Hub, Colchester Northern Gateway, Essex

Sector

Leisure and Recreation

Value

£20 million

Region

Central Midlands

Status

On site

Colchester Northern Gateway Sports Hub Image 1

Background

The team at Colchester County Council wanted to create a new sports hub in the Northern Gateway area of Colchester. Its objective was to create an exciting new facility that meets the future needs of the community.

Other additions that further enhance these facilities include archery, equestrian trails, American football and football, and a learn-to-ride track.

Plans for the Colchester Northern Gateway Sports Hub Image 1 002 1

Requirements

The development for a new sports hub is situated on the Northern Gateway site to the east of an existing park and ride facility.

Once complete, it will offer a mixed-use sports development, including the relocation of rugby pitches, a new club house, a new dry side sports centre and an outdoor 1.6km closed circuit cycle race track.

Challenges

The scheme will need to be sympathetic to existing ecology and habitat, with the landscape proposals supporting the final planning application to ensure that the proposal blends in with and respects the high quality and mature existing landscape.

As the first phase of a particularly extensive and complex programme of constriction works at Northern Gateway, it was crucial that there is no delay to activity and timescales for the programme were met.

Outcomes

Crucial planning and construction timings of the initial phase were met thanks to Perfect Circle’s direct award process, efficient route to market and access to an extensive supply chain of specialist services.

Rugby Club Function Room 1

Testimonial

We are pleased with the working partnership we have developed with Perfect Circle. They have helped to provide a robust structure to the project management with a tight cost schedule and change management process.

Lois Bowser | Development Project Specialist, Colchester Borough Council

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