Building of a £12m leisure park in Stanway nears completion this week as construction work draws to a finish.
Development of Churchmanor Estates Stane Leisure Park opposite Sainsbury’s in Stanway is now at the stage where business operators can now fit out their new locations.
It is understood Nandos, Bella Italia, Starbucks and KFC will be taking up residence on the new park, bringing with them up to 260 new jobs.
Stephen Clark on behalf of Churchmanor said: “We have taken great care over the design layout and landscaping within the scheme and we are pleased to be able to bring these much needed facilities to the residents of Stanway.
“The success of the Princess Charlotte is just the start for the Leisure Park, and we are excited to see the new restaurants open to similar success.”
Plans to open Stane Leisure Park in Stanway met with opposition during the initial planning phase with Colchester Council originally turning down planning permission for the project.
This led to a legal challenge by developers Churchmanor who successfully appealed to the Secretary of State against the Council’s refusal to grant planning permission, leading the way to allow the project to go ahead in March 2017.
In October 2017 steel framework for the new buildings had to be taken down and as it appeared they had been built in the wrong place.
Development of the leisure park has also seen road improvements in the immediate area with a £350,000 investment by Churchmanor widening London Road at the junction with the Western Bypass.
Churchmanor Estates appointed Rose Builders as contractors for the building of Stane Leisure Park.
Steven Rose of Rose Builders said: “We are delighted to have constructed Stane Park, delivering the Churchmanor vision.
“It is great to work on such well-designed and specified projects, Stane Park has the highest standards of hardscape and landscaping. The excellence of vision, design and delivery will provide Colchester with a 21st century food retail facility that will endure for generations to come.
“We are all immensely proud of the whole achievement.”
Churchmanor Estates say Stane Leisure Park is not a “typical out-of-town restaurant outlet”, instead it is suggested the park will offer a high quality environment for eating and drinking.
More than 100 trees are planned to be planted on the site – work to start after the summer – to be illuminated by LED lighting throughout.
Exact opening dates of the restaurants are not known at this time, but are expected before Christmas.