HAT have been appointed by Colchester Borough Council to develop a new masterplan for Colchester city centre, working as part of a team led by We Made That, and including Steer, PRD and Authentic Futures. The masterplan will set out strategic principles, an urban design framework and site specific briefs to guide the development of the city centre over the next 10-15 years.
A major part of the commission is to ensure public transport, cycling and walking can become the easy and natural first choice for everyone using the city centre, while allowing necessary vehicle access for those who need it, alongside deliveries and servicing the business community. This is imperative to tackle our climate impacts and lower carbon emissions, as well as improving air quality and creating a healthier city for everyone. This is being informed by wide consultation with businesses, residents and city centre visitors as well as data and analysis of travel patterns.
This builds on our work in Colchester over a number of years on public realm, independent business, culture, community development and our own investment in the city centre - and is part of our commitment to helping Colchester make the most of its new city status.