An online consultation has been launched for the second of our projects resulting from the ‘Indies Route’ strategy, developed for Our Colchester BID. We have commissioned locally based artist Ben Coode-Adams to create a new piece of wayfinding signage, celebrating the history of the town, and his proposal can be seen in the online survey.
Sited at one of the entry points to the independent ‘lanes’ – part of the medieval town layout which was overlaid onto the Roman street grid – Ben’s proposal is inspired by the pre and post Roman history of the town and informed by Colchester Castle’s collections. It serves to announce and invite visitors to explore further, as well as acting as functional signage in a location where existing signage is inadequate, and also includes proposed improvements to the public realm and cycle racks at the site.
The informal consultation runs from Wednesday 17th November to Wednesday 1st December, and feedback will inform the development of the final proposal before we submit a planning application later in the year. This follows a successful consultation for the first of our creative wayfinding projects, which received very positive support for a piece sited at the other end of the ‘lanes’. HAT have been working with the BID and Colchester Borough Council since 2018 on various projects to improve the public realm of the town centre.