Arts centre in Colchester anchors regeneration

Colchester's new arts centre - firstsite - with Andy Warhol exhibition

Colchester's arts centre, firstsite, designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects and completed by MACE and Jackson Coles, has provided a visitor draw and an anchor for the regeneration of St Botolph's area and East End.

The area is historic with the centre near the old Norman Castle, Roman Wall and quirky areas such as the Dutch Quarter. However, there has been some decline over the last two decades with the closing of the Keddies department store.

Now that the arts centre has been built, a further development will be completed by 2017 and will see a three screen Curzon cinema, new hotel and restaurants. This will bring jobs and activity to this important area of the town.