Revealed: The next generation of major projects for Gloucester
PUBLISHED: 16:50 04 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:16 04 September 2018
Investment and development opportunities in Gloucester are being highlighted by the City Council as the city’s regeneration gathers pace
The last two years has seen a large amount of activity on site in the city with a number of major schemes being built out, including:
The new bus station – The £8.5 million scheme is largely funded by Central Government through GFirst LEP, and is due to be completed in October.
University of Gloucestershire Business School – The faculty is being transferred from Cheltenham to the Oxstalls Campus in Gloucester, bringing an influx of students to the city starting in September.
Blackfriars Student Accommodation – 295 beds for University of Gloucestershire students have been built on land at The Barbican by developer CityHeart and will be occupied from September.
Black Dog Way – 95 new homes are being built by the Rooftop Housing Group on the former Kwik Save site, which had been derelict for around 15 years.
Heritage Projects – Project Pilgrim at Gloucester Cathedral (creating a new public space and improving visitor facilities), the restoration of Llanthony Priory and the repurposing of St Mary de Crypt through the Discover DeCrypt project have all been generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and other funders. Phase one of Pilgrim is complete, as is the restoration work at Llanthony, with DeCrypt due for completion in March.
Bakers Quay – Described as the final piece of the jigsaw in the regeneration of the Docks and Quays, the first phase of this development was completed in August, bringing a 104 bed Premier Inn, Beefeater restaurant, drive thru Costa Coffee and 47 new apartments. This is another long-term derelict site in the city and developers Rokeby Merchant have been working for a number of years to bring the site forward. Around half of the apartments in the new Provender building have been sold, but further opportunities exist through agents Naylor Powell on 01452 398010. The developer’s attention has now turned to phase two, which will include further residential units and commercial opportunities in Downings and The Malthouse. Further details are available at bakersquay.com.
The Fleece - The Fleece Hotel complex on Westgate Street presents an exciting opportunity to bring new life to the 15th Century Grade 1 Listed timber-framed inn and the surrounding buildings. The inn sits at the heart of the complex and stands above a 12th Century undercroft known as the Monks Retreat and a timber framed extension dating to the 17th century. It is thought to have been the original Great Inn, which later became the Fleece Hotel and was gradually expanded to create more accommodation over a period of 300 years.
Having a hotel on the site dates back to 1497 and it was a resting place for pilgrims visiting the tomb of Edward II of England.
The City Council acquired the site from the former South West Regional Development Agency when it was wound up in 2011. Since then, the Council has invested significant sums to secure the site and undertaken de-risking works, including archaeological excavation and an intrusive site investigation to inform future development. The Council is inviting expressions of interest by 28th September from developers interested in making the most of this city centre site which could also include the adjacent Longsmith Street car park. The Council is open to bids where it would be a partner in the scheme and will consider proposals from developers, investors, occupiers and consortia. Anyone interested in this opportunity should visit supplyingthesouthwest.org.uk or contact Roland.Halford@gloucester.gov.uk.
Kings Walk and Kings Quarter
This is the City Council’s own scheme for a new gateway to the city centre from the north, with the new bus station serving as the first phase. A planning application for the remainder of the scheme including the long-awaited refurbishment of Kings Square is to be submitted in October. An application has already been submitted for major improvements to the adjacent Kings Walk shopping centre by Reef Estates in partnership with the City Council. The development will include a new 350 space multi storey car park, residential elements, potentially a hotel, offices, bars/cafes and restaurants. Once planning consent has been granted the Council will take the site, which is divided into four plots, to the market.
The City Council currently occupies three linked warehouses (Herbert, Kimberley & Philpotts) in a key position at the end of the Docks closest to the city centre, but no longer requires as much accommodation. At the beginning of next year it will be relocating to share space with the County Council at Shire Hall while creating a new customer service centre more conveniently located in Westgate Street.
This will allow the release of the existing listed warehouses in the Docks, that although now provide office accommodation are suitable for a number of other uses that could enhance this part of the Docks and strengthen the link between the Docks and the city centre. These building are held on long leases with some 170 years to run. The total space on offer will be 4,850 sqm and the space is largely open plan with many of the original warehouse features preserved.
Gloucester City Council will be starting to market the warehouses shortly, but in the meantime, contact the City’s Property Management team for more details on 01452 396105 or email Property.Department@gloucester.gov.uk.