Colchester Northern Gateway

North Colchester

Large (100hectare) phased development comprising residential and outdoor leisure facilities

Colchester Borough Council

Tree surveys and Arboricultural Impact Assessments to inform the design process. Habitat and protected species surveys with habitat design and enhancement. Topographical survey project management

Commenced 2015, ongoing project

Colchester is one of the fastest growing places in the country and as such, is undergoing extensive development to meet demands. The Northern Gateway is a high-profile priority for the Borough to raise Colchester’s profile on a regional and national level, to stimulate economic growth, to create jobs and opportunities for its growing population, as one of the fastest growing towns in the country.

The Key Priorities for the Authority in implementing and developing the Gateway are:

  • Developing a new Gateway to Colchester
  • Creating 3,500 jobs
  • Beautiful & striking public realm and architectural designs
  • Sustainable and Green credentials
  • Identifying and implementing new revenue streams
  • Supporting Colchester Town Centre
  • Enhancing & evolving sports and leisure participation


D F Clark Bionimique Ltd. are providing ecological and arboricultural expertise for this project ensuring sound arboricultural advice, providing areas of development potential and arboricultural constraint as well providing working methods for retaining some of the most significant and historic trees in the area. As part of the project we are also project managing completion of fundamental topographical surveys from which the project designs will be based. Our remit on this project is broad and the services that we provide include:

Arboricultural Impact Assessment

Starting with Stage 1 surveys of the tree population to determine the location and spread of significant trees within the site, and highlight areas of significant development potential and constraint. Once development plans have been agreed full involvement in the protection of significant trees and methods of specialist construction to facilitate development close to significant trees will be undertaken.

Active involvement in scheme design

The information collected through our extensive ecological, arboricultural and topographical surveys will provide the basis on which, the design of the Northern Gateway is based. In this way, the scheme design will ensure that habitats for key ecological receptors such as bats and reptiles are protected, maintained and enhanced beyond the construction phase. Mature/veteran trees or important hedgerows will also be identified and fully protected ensuring their value for wildlife and the local area are fully incorporated into the project design.