Colchester photo albums

To see slide shows of some of the less well-known parts of Colchester, click on the pictures below. During the slide show, you can click on a picture to get further info, if it's available.


Specialist shops

Specialist shops

 

Inner green spaces

Inner green spaces

 

East Hill

East Hill

 

East Street

 

New Town
(Magdalen St)

 

The first Co-op on Colchester

New Town
(general)

 

firstsite:newsite

 

East Bridge

 

The Hythe (old)

 

The Hythe (new)

 

Balkerne Heights

Balkerne Heights

 

Greenstead Estate

Greenstead Estate

 

Greenstead Road

Greenstead Road

 

University

University

06 September, 2006

Balkerne Heights


Colchester's Balkerne Heights development (St Mary's hospital site) looks as though it's nearing completion. A combination of location (a short walk to the High Street), topography (steep changes of level and good views for many), building/space arrangement (there are interesting vistas and occlusions), and architecture (a c1400-1850 remix), makes this a unique development in Colchester, and unusual anywhere else, I should think. There's one spot that actually reminds me of Galileo's street in Florence (Costa di San Giorgio). Okay, I may be losing my grip: at another location, I could imagine Shrek and the Donkey plodding into sight on their way to take up Lord Farquaad's challenge. Many dwellings are packed into this set (oops, housing development), and I wonder how it will look and feel in ten years' time. See more pics. For location, see map, waymark 13.

3 Comments:

Blogger Orhan Kahn said...

What a lovely looking neighbourhgood.

Friday, 29 September, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't help thinking of a medieval fortified town when I see these images. Do the residents have to wear traditional costumes when they enter the walls? And who is the enemy? The development could have been improved by building a watch tower - as a counterpart to Jumbo perhaps? We are getting close to the Tuscan town now.

What will historians be saying about such a development in 50 years time? It will be difficult to put a date on the architectural style, if we can call it style. I guess it is all part of the current trend of 'historiana' in current housing developments.

Tuesday, 19 December, 2006  
Anonymous Mark said...

I moved away from Essex 12 years ago and assumed developers had stopped building in this dismal Disney style. Sad to see it's still going on.

Sunday, 14 January, 2007  

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