A 300,000 refurbishment of one of the largest office buildings in Gloucester city centre has created new jobs and led to the opening of a new cafe.
Owners of Eastgate House, Loxton Developments, is behind the investment in the 37,000 square foot Eastgate Street property, home to 20 businesses.
Work was carried out by Gloucester based Rickards Construction, with the most noticeable improvements being a new canopy, reception area, toilets and the addition of the Hi-Light Café.
Mark Roberts, of Loxton Developments, which bought the then vacant property 20 years ago, said: ‘We have vastly improved the building which helps lifts the street and will hopefully encourage other local businesses to invest in their premises and make Eastgate Street a really lively destination.’
Emily Gibbon, Gloucester BID manager, said: ‘We celebrate this improvement to Eastgate Street along with the positivity expressed by the owners who are so keen to be part of regeneration in the area.’
The four-storey building is also home to businesses including MyDentist, Healthy Lifestyles Gloucestershire, PIP Consultations Centre, Carbrey Housing and Victim Support.
The Hi-Light Café, run by David Langford, has already taken on three members of staff through the Kickstarter scheme and sources its coffee from Gloucester based Ethical Addictions.
By Andrew Merrell