Concept design proposals for the public realm throughout the network of historic streets that are the forecourt to a new mixed use development in the centre of Colchester. The scheme was successfully appealed at a public hearing
Beginning with a detailed analysis of site context, patterns of circulation, views and destinations, the proposals identify opportunities for improved connectivity and movement and establish a strong sense of place within the public realm. Interventions include new pedestrian crossings on Queen Street, a sequence of urban spaces at the forecourt to the FirstSite gallery and improved gateway spaces and pedestrian routes which re-connect St Botolphs with the town centre and car parks. The site is adjacent to Colchester’s historic Town Walls and the project demonstrates how this major built development can relate to its heritage context, avoiding damage but also creating opportunities for students and visitors to move throughout the area, complementing wider town interpretation and way-telling strategies.