Colchester Park and Ride and Waste Transfer station up for regional design honours
9 March 2016
Two of Colchester’s landmark public developments have been nominated for prestigious architectural awards.
The new Park and Ride scheme and the Colchester Waste Transfer Station have been nominated for a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) 2016 East of England Awards.
The Park and Ride scheme provides spaces for 1,000 cars and buses passengers into Colchester every 15 minutes. It has been shortlisted in the regeneration and infrastructure categories. The Park and Ride aims to ease town centre traffic congestion and help boost regeneration, leading to the creation of 3,500 new jobs.
The Colchester Waste Transfer Station was nominated in the Infrastructure category and is one of five Essex County Council waste transfer stations.
The stations enable the County Council to reduce the amount of household waste Essex homes sends to landfill, and also extract more valuable recyclable materials from the waste collected.
The Colchester Waste Transfer Station’s design has drawn plaudits because of its waste storage capability, site drainage ease of vehicle movements. Its buildings have been designed to sympathetically integrate in to the rural landscape.
Cllr Kevin Bentley, Essex County Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Waste & Recycling said: “This nomination is the end result of the thought and effort the team at Essex County Council has put into designing and planning smart new waste transfer sites across Essex. They have proved that with great design you can minimise the impact on the environment, while creating an efficient and effective space to manage the County’s waste.”
Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport Delivery, Cllr Eddie Johnson said: “Collaborative working between the County Council and the private sector developers and contractors was a key factor leading to the successful launch of the Colchester Park and Ride, so I am heartened to see it is being recognised by the RIC.
“It is also giving existing communities in the town better access to new employment opportunities in the North Colchester business park area, as well as improving connectivity to the town centre and railway station.”
Cllr Rodney L Bass, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, added: "The Colchester Park and Ride is part of a wider package of infrastructure improvements linking the A12 with Colchester North station and the town centre, including a new road and introducing other bus priority measures such as bus lanes and a dedicated busway. We were able to proceed with these much needed investments because of our effective management and use of the County Council's finances and its reserves."
The winner will be announced at the RICS East of England Awards ceremony in Bury St Edmunds in May. If successful, the development will go forward to the National RICS Awards later this year.