WORK on converting part of a car park into money-making offices has completed with tenants now ready to move in.

Colchester Council has developed part of the Sheepen Road car park into a new building called Amphora Place which has become the home of law firm Birkett Long.

The regeneration of the 19,730 sq ft building is part of the council’s plan to generate income from their own resources which they hope will reduce the need for cuts to frontline services.

Council leader Paul Smith (Lib Dem) said the location was perfect for businesses.

He said: “I’m delighted Amphora Place is now complete and Birkett Long has been able to realise its expansion plans and safeguard jobs in the borough.

“It’s an ideal spot for business, as it’s close to the mainline railway station and a short distance from the A12, and is yet another regeneration project which underlines the council’s commitment to maintaining a vibrant and prosperous town centre.

“This is a successful project carried out by Colchester Council on time and on budget, and one which perfectly embodies the council’s objective of maximising our assets to bring in increased income for the council which will benefit Colchester tax payers for years to come.”

The second phase of the project will see a self-contained three-storey office block built, with marketing agents looking to pre-let the site.

Managing partner at Birkett Long Adrian Livesley said he was pleased to stay in town after moving from Crouch Street.

He said: “Our move to Amphora Place ensures we continue to give the highest quality of service to our clients, by providing modern facilities with easy access and parking.

“Remaining within the borough is vital to our strategy including the employment of local people in our vibrant and people-focused business.”

The name of Amphora Place was chosen after a Roman amphora vase to try to reflect Colchester’s heritage.