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New 14m stadium wins top award

The Weston Homes Community Stadium
The Weston Homes Community Stadium is home to Colchester United

A landmark £14m stadium in Colchester - home of the town's football club - has won an award from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The Weston Homes Community Stadium has been named this year's overall winner in the RICS East of England Awards.

The regeneration award was scooped by the Accordia housing development in Brooklands, Cambridge.

University Campus Suffolk, Ipswich, and the Boathouse, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, were highly commended in the category.

The RICS said the Weston Homes Community Stadium project has seen a fantastic new facility for Colchester United Football Club, but also benefits to the wider community.

'Fantastic recognition'

Councillor Anne Turrell, leader of Colchester Borough Council - which owns the building - said: "It is a fantastic recognition for the hard work of all the stakeholders that have been involved in making the stadium a reality."

The stadium also won the community benefit award with the Stockwood Discovery in Luton, Bedfordshire, and the Riverside Bridge, in Cambridge, were highly commended in the category.

The new Auction Rooms for GE Sworder and Sons in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, scooped the Sustainability Award.

The Clayfield Housing project in Elmswell, Suffolk, and the Howard Dell Community Primary School, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, were highly commended.

Chris Barker, chairman of RICS East of England board, said: "Once again the standard of entries was exceptionally high this year which made the task of our expert judging panel very challenging.

George Bennett, EEDA development investment manager, said: "EEDA put £1m towards the community stadium and it will serve as a catalyst for regeneration and boost the local economy."

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