8 signs that Gloucester is on the up

Multi-million-pound investments, better shopping and restoring the city’s history. There’s so much going on in Gloucester right now, we can definitely say that it’s a city on the up!

Things have never looked so good in Gloucester. With the Quays development transforming the previously unloved docks, a futuristic new bus station under construction and a number of historic renovation projects underway; Gloucester is looking better than ever.

Join SoGlos as we take a look at eight of the biggest developments in the city, proving that Gloucester really is on the up!

1. Gloucester Bus Station

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Having celebrated its ‘topping out’ on May 11 2018, work on Gloucester’s bus station is moving along nicely. What used to be an eyesore for people as they arrived in Gloucester is soon to become a modern hub, perfect for welcoming visitors to the city.

The £7.5 million investment will see it equipped with a modern, fully enclosed waiting area, 12 bus bays, a manned ticket office, electronic timetable displays and a new café.

2. Llanthony Secunda Priory

This once large and important Augustinian priory was founded just outside the city walls in 1136. Now, thanks to its re-formation project, the Llanthony Secunda Priory is being brought back to life to become an events space available for hire.

Due for completion in September 2018, the two main buildings on the site are currently being repaired, along with the landscaping of its surrounding gardens. The site will include three function rooms and a stunning medieval style garden for people to enjoy.

3. Gloucester Cathedral

Having completed the first phase of its 10-year regeneration project ‘Project Pilgrim’ in April 2018, Gloucester Cathedral was voted Best Attraction in the SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards 2018.

The Cathedral has added solar panels, restored its Lady Chapel, which was previously at risk; installed a new entrance and welcome section; created an interactive exhibit inside the Tribune Gallery and landscaped a new Cathedral green.

The Cathedral is now fully open and is free to visit.

4. St Mary de Crypt Church

This £2 million regeneration project can be spotted at the bottom of Southgate Street near to Café Rene.

The 12-month Discover DeCrypt project began in April 2018. Once complete, it will see St Mary de Crypt church given a new lease of life, along with The Old Crypt Schoolroom, which is also being renovated.

The building works intend to bring the buildings back into use as a place of worship, a community hub and a venue for culture and learning. Work is expected to be complete by March 2019.

5. Baker’s Quay

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The final part of Gloucester Quays to be redeveloped, Baker’s Quay will see a range of luxury flats and houses available to buy as well as opportunities for some commercial properties.

The Provender Mill building, where most of the development’s flats will be located, celebrated its topping out ceremony in February 2018.

6. Orchard Square and Soft Play at Gloucester Quays

Having had its proposal for planning permission accepted in June 2018, a new soft play centre will be built on the upper deck of Gloucester Quays, creating the first large soft-play centre in the city.

In a separate development, due to begin Summer 2018, Orchard Square – the area directly in front of the National Waterways Museum will be transformed.

It follows the Museum’s redevelopment at the start of 2018, the former Llanthony Wharf car park will soon include a new resin floor, deck chairs, timber lighting and benches to create a new public square.

7. The Peel Centre

New developments coming to the Peel Centre

This exciting development will see a 45,000 square foot Next fashion and home store built on the site of the old Pizza Hut at Gloucester’s Peel Centre.

Located opposite the popular Gloucester Quays outlet centre, the store will replace the Quedgeley branch of Next, with three more units also available to let. It will open by February 2019.

8. Kings Quarter and King’s Walk Shopping Centre

Kings Square Gloucester

One of the most long-awaited developments in the city, the King’s Quarter redevelopment saw the demolition of the Golden Egg building, the creation of the new Gloucester bus station and soon, the renovation of King’s Square.

It’s hoped that plans for the King’s Square area will be submitted once work on the city’s bus station is complete.

Kings Square Gloucester

In addition to the King’s Quarter development, King’s Square shopping centre will see a multi-million-pound regeneration including new entrances from Eastgate Street and King’s Square, removal of the bridge along Eastgate Street, improved branding, refurbished car park and new anchor tenants.

It’s hoped applications for this development will be submitted in 2018, with work starting in 2019.

By Melissa Hamblett

© SoGlos
Thursday 07 June 2018

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