A newly redesigned community hub has been officially opened in Colchester offering residents a number of vital community services under one roof.
Colchester Library and Community Hub has undergone a month-long transformation to incorporate a wide variety of services within a vibrant ground-floor space.
Colchester Institute design student Fiona Morris won a competition to redesign the ground floor of the building and was on hand today (Thursday, 2 June) to see her plans come to life.
Cllr Anne Brown, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Corporate, Communities and Customers, and Colchester Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Customers, Councillor Beverley Oxford, also attended to officially open the new space.
The redesigned venue offers residents registration services, Council Tax and benefits advice, library services, housing support, clinics promoting health and wellbeing, Colchester Community Voluntary Services and a brand new sensory corner all under one roof.
Cllr Brown said: “This building offers a brilliant resource for the people of Colchester, offering everything from library books and housing support to tips on how to stay healthy.
“I feel privileged to be one of the first to see the new redesign by local design student, Fiona, who has done a great job. She has created a useful and attractive space to take advantage of council and voluntary services for years to come.
“Community hubs, such as this one, are a great way to bring together services to make them more accessible to the public whilst saving money for the taxpayer.”
Cllr Oxford added: “I am so pleased to see the colourful and welcoming new space finally unveiled. Thanks to the hard work of our customer services staff, all the partners involved in bringing about this transformation and the contractors, the winning design has been wonderfully brought to life in only a few weeks.
“There really is something for everyone and I encourage both regular library users and anyone who has not have visited in recent years to come see it for themselves next time they are in Colchester.”
The work was completed by local company Carmelcrest, as lead contractor, and Axis Europe who undertook the redecoration for free as part of their commitment to community work.
For more information on the transformation work please visit www.colchester.gov.uk/transformation