New plans revealed for Regent Arcade rooftop restaurant

New designs for the much-talked about rooftop restaurant at Cheltenham's Regent Arcade shopping centre have been unveiled, with the glass-fronted development set to offer stunning views across Cheltenham's skyline.

By Andrew Merrell  |  Published

Exciting new plans for the hotly-anticipated rooftop restaurant at Regent Arcade have been revealed, with a two-storey glass venue on the cards for the Cheltenham shopping centre.

Although the development received planning permission in principal in 2022, Regent Arcade has since gone back to the drawing board with its plans, still aiming to deliver a rooftop dining space providing incredible views across the Regency town's skyline.

The new designs reveal a 540-square-metre two-storey glass venue that will replace the existing space above the popular town centre shopping centre – originally built to house a garden centre, but never used.

Now with planners at Cheltenham Borough Council, the scheme was put together for Regent Arcade by Bell Associates Architects which describes it as 'a new rooftop leisure unit comprising a ground floor lobby area/stairwell, with staircase and customer lift and a two-storey roof top building with adjoining terrace'.

The main tweaks to the design from the 2022 application being the 'must-have' lift and adjustments like triple glazing to allay any concerns over noise – with the restaurant's opening times potentially between 10am to 11.30pm.

Scott Lahive, manager of Regent Arcade, which is owned by Canada Life Investments, previously revealed to SoGlos in January that new plans were pending, with an unnamed potential tenant 'very interested' in occupying the space.

‘If they were to back out, and we have no reason to think they will, there are others who are interested too,’ he continued.

Since the plans for the rooftop restaurant were first drawn up, Regent Arcade has opened the boutique Tivoli Cinema, which is directly underneath the proposed new restaurant, and outdoor megastore Decathlon.

It's thought the new restaurant could create up to 40 new jobs, with a mixture of full- and part-time roles.

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