Work starts on long awaited Stanway retail park – highways improvements to follow

Work has officially started on site today (10th September) at Stane Retail Park, Stanway Tollgate Colchester.

The Churchmanor Estates company plc said in a statement they are “pleased to confirm that construction has now commenced on the £60m Stane Retail Park in Tollgate Colchester”. Completion of the project set for September 2021.

Emma Proctor King, Head of Communications for Churchmanor said “We are thrilled to have started work on our Retail Park.

“As a company we have supported the growth of Colchester since 1989 when we built Colchester Business Park and we now hope that our new retail park together with the long overdue highway improvements that we are committed to will mean a new and improved retail offer for the Stanway and Colchester communities.”

As part of the construction works Churchmanor are spending £2.6million on improvements to the Eight Ash Green A12 roundabout including a new four way traffic signal junction and the widening of the Western Bypass to two lanes between Essex Yeomanry Way and the Sainsbury’s roundabout.

The 173,000sqft scheme will comprise of new stores for B&Q, Marks & Spencer Food Hall and Aldi with the balance of the space set for additional retailers, allowing all three retailers to open their latest format stores, improving the shopping experience for local communities.

The B&Q unit is designed as one of the first of their new generation stores to include a covered builder’s yard and large improved garden centre.

Both Aldi and the M&S Food Hall retail units enable both companies to provide the full range of their retail offer, with Aldi having outgrown their Lexden store.

Paul Crisp, Retail & Property Director, B&Q commented “We’re looking forward to welcoming our customers in Colchester to our new store next year.

“Built in our latest store format to give an improved shopping experience, the new store will replace our existing B&Q store at Lightship Way.”

Roland Stanley, Aldi Property Director, said “We have enjoyed welcoming customers from across the Stanway area to our existing store in Lexden since opening in 2010.

“Our new store at Stane Retail Park will be a larger, modern format store with substantially improved car parking providing both our customers and staff with fantastic facilities but still offering our high quality products at our everyday low cost prices. All of our colleagues at Lexden will transfer to the new store when it opens.”

Robert Morray, Head of Property Planning at M&S said, “We’ve been serving customers in Colchester Town Centre for over a hundred years and we’re really pleased to be able to improve our offering in the area with a new Foodhall at Stane Retail Park.”

Jeremy Hagon, Stanway Action Team member said, “After much delay we are now able to see the final pieces coming together at Stane Park.

“The retail choice for local residents is welcomed as is the new improved B&Q store making its debut on this side of Colchester, bringing with it many new jobs to the area.

“Additional highways improvements are very much in demand in this busy area of the borough and Stanway residents have been pushing for these improvements for a long time.

“Upgrades to the A12 junction will be a welcomed relief to those that use this junction on a regular basis.”

Full details of the scheme can be found at