The Forum digital quarter in Gloucester’s King’s Square reaches key milestones

Two major milestones have been passed for the multi-million pound scheme, The Forum, expected to transform Gloucester’s city centre into a vibrant digital quarter.

Phase one of The Forum development, being led by Gloucester City Council in partnership with Reef Group, has now been granted planning consent, with building work expected to start in the spring of 2021.

It will see the creation of 43 apartments with views to Gloucester Cathedral, along with retail space set to be occupied by Tesco.

Detailed planning for the second phase of The Forum has now also now submitted to the council.

Councillor Richard Cook, leader of the city council, said: ‘This is a very important milestone for this ambitious scheme.

‘Together with the rejuvenated King’s Square, and its attractive places to eat, drink and shop for residents and visitors, The Forum will bring in major occupiers and significant investors to the city and cement Gloucester’s reputation as a thriving and vibrant destination to work, live and visit.’

Esther Croft, development director at Reef Group, said: ‘Submitting Phase Two of The Forum for detailed planning is a hugely important step towards making our vision of a thriving new digital campus for Gloucester a reality.

‘It is set to be one of the UK’s first truly integrated digital communities, with the space and infrastructure to create a seamless link between city centre living and working.

‘Gaining planning consent for Phase One is also a significant milestone to reach, and we look forward to selecting a contractor with an aim to starting work on site in 2021.’

City construction firm EG Carter is already carrying out groundworks on the site. The project has also involved the expertise of Docks-based Quattro Design Architects.

The development will include more than 125,000 square foot of new office space, with a shared workspace club and an ‘innovation hub’ designed for emerging cyber businesses and incubator businesses.

The office space will sit alongside a 131-bedroom four-star hotel, a 9,000 sq ft gym, restaurants and bars.

Phases One and Two are part of the 600,000 sq ft masterplan for The Forum, which aims to build on Gloucester’s history of innovation.

Work also continues apace to enhance the Kings Walk shopping area. Major improvements including the new transport hub, improvements to King’s Walk car park and the demolition of Bruton Way Car Park have already been completed.

By Andrew Merrell

Follow SoGlos on LinkedIn and sign-up to the weekly SoGlos business newsletter for the very latest Gloucestershire business news stories.

© SoGlos
Wednesday 06 January 2021

More news you might like...

Cheltenham tennis player Dan Evans will be back playing at Wimbledon 2022, this summer. © AELTC/Jon Super.

The Cheltenham tennis player you can watch at Wimbledon

Cheltenham’s Dan Evans will be playing at Wimbledon: The Championship in 2022 – and here’s when Gloucestershire tennis fans...

The SoGlos networking event, staged in partnership with Cheltenham accountants Crowe, was held at Ian Coley School of Shooting.

Gloucestershire businesses gather for a networking day with a difference

Business leaders from some of Gloucestershire’s most exciting companies came together to lock horns – in a friendly fashion...

750 children a day attend Atlas Camps during the school holidays in Cheltenham, Gloucester, Stroud and the Cotswolds – with its new Tewkesbury venue opening this summer.

Gloucestershire’s biggest kids’ camp provider opens 23rd venue

Popular holiday camp provider, Atlas Camps, is opening a brand-new base in Tewkesbury – its 23rd new venue in just 10 years...

Little Amal’s visit to Cheltenham in June 2022 was supported by crowds of thousands.

Little Amal's walk in Cheltenham

Little Amal, the iconic giant puppet who walked from Syria in support of refugees, walked through Cheltenham for the New Steps,...

The Queen’s Baton Relay route through England has been revealed – and it includes Gloucestershire!

The Commonwealth Games Baton is coming to Gloucestershire this summer

The official Queen’s Baton Relay, which celebrates the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, is passing through Gloucestershire,...

Don’t miss

Unmissable highlights