22 October 2020 Press Release

Aerial video showcases new Colchester High Street pavements

Aerial video showcases new Colchester High Street pavements

A new aerial video showcasing newly finished pavements in Colchester High Street can now be viewed online.

The new video can be viewed here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zi06c7tYTQE

Also a new video showing the specialist techniques used in the work to replace worn slabs and sealing grouting can be viewed here https://bit.ly/3gbYyqa on the Essex Highways web page.

Essex Highways managed the scheme, which was funded jointly by Essex County Council and Colchester Borough Council.

The improvements to the pavements will make them safer, look better and less likely to move or break. It is also hoped the new pavements will add to the town centre environment, attracting people to the town centre.

Pavements on both sides of the High Street have been repaired, from the junction with North Hill to Queen St, including around the war memorial in front of the Castle and including block paving on the road at West Stockwell St.

The work involved laying new paving slabs where needed, replacing damaged slabs with colour-matches. Worn grouting has been removed and re-grouted and then sealed. 

To minimise impact on pedestrians and day-to-day life in the bustling town centre barriers and signs needed during working hours were removed after each night shift.

Sealing the grouting will make it easier for Colchester Council’s street cleaning team, as it protects the slabs and blocks and the grouting between them and underneath. 

Replacement slab and grout colours were selected by Colchester Council officers to ensure a good colour match, and they were also chosen to be easily matched by any company that digs up and replaces any slabs in the future.