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The Balkerne Water Tower is a structure of exceptional architectural and historic interest, and is of great importance both nationally and locally
– Historic England.


Architects Purcell chosen to design regeneration of Jumbo

The Colchester based firm has won a competition held by North Essex Heritage, who has leased Jumbo for 150 years.

The estimated £4 million project is due to be submitted for an HLF grant application in early 2023.

Simon Hall, Chair of North Essex Heritage said, “We will engage as widely as possible on the plans for this much-loved building”.

See the Latest News page for more details.

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Concept for an audio-visual space in the tank (Purcell)



The Grade II* listed Jumbo is the largest remaining Victorian water tower in Britain, and an increasingly rare example of one in an original condition.

We will continue to press for our vision for Jumbo as a national heritage attraction, with the maximum practicable public access to a restored building, ample historical interpretation and night time illumination.

Please explore the links on this page for everything about this important and fascinating building.

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Published by the BTT with an introduction by Andrew Phillips, the book is available at Red Lion Books, Waterstones, Firstsite and the Visitor Information Centre, Colchester, price £9.99.

If you live outside Colchester please email Red Lion Books

All profits from its sale will help to secure the future of the tower as a national heritage attraction.

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"Its mass is awesome"
(Inspector A J Bingham, Appeal Decision 2001)