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Colchester Library and Community Hub redesign gets underway

10 March 2016

Tenders are being sought from interested parties keen to bid for the development of Colchester Library and Community Hub’s ground floor shared space.

It is anticipated work to transform the Trinity Square building could begin as early as the end of April once contracts to undertake the work are in place.

The upgrade will be based on the winning design from Colchester Institute student, Fiona Morris. The redesign aims to make a better space for the local community, bringing together all the partners based there.

The facility offers Colchester residents a growing range of services under one roof, including Council Tax and benefits advice, housing support, clinics promoting health and wellbeing, information on career development courses and volunteering, as well as mainstream library services.

Cllr Anne Brown, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Corporate, Communities and Customer, visited the library on Thursday (3 March) and said: “Clearly, the one-stop-shop approach of providing library and a wide range of advice and information under one roof is proving very popular with the people of Colchester. I can imagine this developing and expanding even more in the future.”

Colchester Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Customers, Councillor Beverley Oxford, said: “With Essex County Council and our other partners we are keenly progressing the transformation of this important community space.  It’s great to see that businesses are now being invited to bid to undertake the works, bringing us a step closer to seeing the winning design and new-look facilities take shape in the coming weeks.”

In April 2015, Colchester Borough Council, Essex County Council and Colchester Community Voluntary Services were awarded £205,000 by the Department for Communities and Local Government to help support the development of the Community Hub space.