Contractor announced for Northern Gateway project

Colchester Borough Council has awarded the contract for the main build element of the flagship Northern Gateway development to R G Carter, following a competitive tender process.

The Chelmsford-based company has delivered similar developments along with other commercial projects for many clients across the UK.

Planning permission for the 76-acre site was granted in July this year.

Cllr. Mark Cory (Lib), Leader of the Council said: “RG Carter’s appointment reflects their proven track-record in delivering major and complex developments to the high quality and exacting standards expected by the council and Northern Gateway’s development team, Colchester Amphora Trading.

“We look forward to working with them in delivering the much-anticipated sports and leisure park to the residents of Colchester and the surrounding area.”

The initial phase of the development plans sports and leisure facilities and is proposed to deliver a cycling track, sports centre, archery range and outdoor mixed-use leisure spaces.

James Wilson, Director and General Manager at R G Carter, added: “R G Carter is delighted to be collaborating with Colchester Borough Council and is proud to play a part in the town’s vision for growth and innovation. We look forward to successfully delivering a first-class, high-quality facility that will serve the local community for many years to come.”

The sports centre has been designed to include a gym, studio space, sports hall (to be utilised as a regional hub for cricket and badminton), and an on-site café.

In addition, a new and high specification clubhouse is planned for Colchester Rugby Club, with floodlit 3G and natural grass pitches, allowing ample space and facilities for the club’s well-attended senior rugby matches and equally popular youth and mini rugby.

Construction is due to start in early 2019, with Colchester Amphora Trading managing the build of the development.