Giant soft play centre proposed at Gloucester Quays

Plans to build a giant soft play inside Gloucester Quays have been approved by Gloucester City Council. The 15,000 square foot space will include offices, party rooms, a children’s play area and a café.

A giant new soft play could be coming to Gloucester Quays
A giant new soft play could be coming to Gloucester Quays

Whilst Gloucestershire has no shortage of excellent soft play facilities, there are very few large play centres for families in the city centre.

The latest plans from Gloucester Quays aim to change all that, providing children aged between three and 12 years old with a new leisure facility, located on the upper deck area of Gloucester Quays.

Gloucester City Council gave permission for the soft play to be built on Tuesday 5 June 2018, with the license granted for the next three years. It’s hoped the new soft play centre would be open seven days a week between 10am and 7pm and will be open later in 2018.

Plans for a new leisure area at Gloucester Quays

In addition to the children’s play area, the plans include a cafeteria, party rooms, a staff office, a shopping area, buggy store, toilets and facilities for disabled customers.

There would also be an additional 17 parent and child spaces introduced to the Quays’ car park.

Spanning 15,367 square feet, the plans suggest that the space is big enough for 350 people to use at any one time. Around 15 new members of staff would also be employed to help manage the centre.

Two new escalators would be installed to allow access from the main shopping area to the new soft play area on the upper deck. Disabled customers or those using pushchairs would be able to use Gloucester Quays’ current lift facilities to reach the mezzanine floor.

Plans for a new leisure area at Gloucester Quays

Because of the way the building has been designed, there will also be some changes to the upper deck’s acoustics. Plans suggest that acoustic walls, a replacement floor and noise cancelling panels would be installed to help control noise levels for the shoppers below.

Whilst you’re waiting for Gloucester’s biggest new soft play centre to be built, why not check out our hot list of the county’s best soft play centres.

For more information, see Gloucester Quays or call (01452) 338933.

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