A PROJECT to turn a former police station into a creative business centre has scooped a top award. Colchester Council won in the regeneration category at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors East of England awards in Bury St Edmunds for their transformation of 37 Queen Street.

The council worked alongside Essex County Council, the company running the centre, Space, architects Ash Sakula and Phelan Construction on the project.

Colchester Council business boss Annie Feltham (Lib Dem) said: “I am absolutely delighted, though not surprised, 37 Queen Street has been recognised for such a prestigious award by an organisation as highly respected as RICS.

“We have not only worked successfully in partnership to bring an historic and iconic building back into full and productive use, we have also made it one of the most technologically advanced buildings in Colchester town centre – one that plays host to a wealth of forwardthinking and developing enterprises which are helping to grow the local economy and prove the borough means business.

“I would like to congratulate everyone who has played a part in winning this award.”