Our Colchester Business Improvement District (BID), the organisation which represents 400 businesses in Colchester city centre has welcomed investment in the landmark Jumbo water tower, saying it will help boost the local economy.
Charity North Essex Heritage is planning to restore the Grade II* listed Jumbo and convert the 40-metre tower into a destination venue, restaurant, visitor experience and historical interpretation space for everyone to enjoy.
Speaking after a visit to Jumbo in the heart of the city, Our Colchester Business Improvement District (BID) Manager Sam Good said:
“The Jumbo Water Tower is an iconic landmark in the Colchester skyline and holds a special place in many residents’ hearts.
“The BID looks forward to seeing continued development and conservation works to Jumbo from the North Essex Heritage Trust. Without the Trust’s intervention, this site is at risk of entering an unrepairable state. This significant investment into a historical and prominent landmark in our city centre will not only provide a new public, accessible space for all to enjoy, but also help boost the economy in Colchester.
“We look forward to seeing the development of Jumbo in North Essex Heritage trust’s capable hands.”
Sam Good continued:
“Jumbo is an icon of Colchester and we’re very pleased to be incorporating it into our Christmas in Colchester programme this year, with spectacular mapped light projections which will be a truly special sight visible in the Colchester skyline.”
David Balcombe, Director of North Essex Heritage, which is a building preservation trust, said:
“Trustees are extremely grateful for the support and encouragement from Colchester Business Improvement District. The Trust and the BID share a similar ambition – to make the city a quality, exciting destination for everyone.”