Stephen Clark

Stephen Clark

Chief Executive, Churchmanor Estates

When did your organisation begin and how has it evolved to date?

The Churchmanor Estates Company plc was established in 1985 to specialise in property investment and development across the Eastern Region. To date the company has built in excess of 2.5million square feet of commercial accommodation across the commercial property markets including in-town and out of town retail development, research and development buildings, industrial and logistic buildings together with office development both in-town and on business parks.

What are your most memorable schemes across the region?

We have carried out many of our commercial developments with a range of partners including major Institutions and Pension Funds, Local and District Councils and Cambridge Colleges, notably St John’s College and Peterhouse. Our schemes have included Chelmsford Business Park with Essex County Council, the 250 acre Chesterford Research Park with Avivia and Uttlesford District Council and the Peterhouse Technology Park in Cambridge.

What schemes have been completed in Colchester?

We have been active in Colchester for some 28 years and over that time we have developed some major schemes. Colchester Business Park, a collaboration with Colchester Borough Council, was conceived as an office park and it is pleasing that 25 years later the scheme is still seen as the premier out of town office address in the town. As well as several developments on Severalls Industrial Park we completed in 2006 the 190,000sqft Flakt Woods development and this still remains the largest factory to be built in Essex over many years. We have also been active in the town centre forming a joint venture with the local Co-Operative Society redeveloping the majority of their store in Long Wyre Street.

What are your current developments in Colchester?

We are developing a 20 acre site known as Stane Park in Stanway opposite the existing Sainsburys. The first phase is a public house and a number of restaurants which are currently being built and with phase two, a proposal has been made for a retail park anchored by B&Q.

How do you see your organisation evolving over the next five years?

We believe that the economic prospects in the Eastern Region will see steady progress over the next five years and this will enable our business to bring forward commercial development opportunities. Such developments will provide a range of  employment opportunities but will also make a significant enhancement to the built environment of the towns across the region in which we work.

How do you see Colchester developing over the next five years?

Colchester as a town has been very accepting of growth which has led to house building numbers over the last 10 years achieving some of the highest in the country. This trend is set to continue with the potential development of two garden villages either side of the town which will be accompanied by large allocations of employment land to provide the facilities for companies to grow in the Colchester catchment. Every job created has a ripple effect throughout the economy and this will help keep Colchester a buoyant place to do business for many years to come.

How do you see your future in Colchester?

We hope that we can play a continued role in the growth of Colchester assisting where we can to bring forward retail and commercial development to the benefit of the future prosperity of the town. We will continue to work collaboratively with the Local Authority, private landowners and  private and public companies to help improve the infrastructure of the town and to create viable development opportunities to help grow the employment base of Colchester.