20 November 2015

Ship Inn set for demolition as masterplan for Quayside and Blackfriars steams ahead


Ambitions to transform Gloucester's waterfront in two separate schemes have taken big steps forward.

Permission is being sought to demolish three key buildings as part of regeneration plans by Gloucestershire County Council for Blackfriars and the quayside area of the city.

A planning application has gone in to demolish the former County Garage, the Ship Inn and the Quay Print buildings in Quay Street.

It is the latest stage in a master plan for the site, which has proposals for 500 homes, including student accommodation, a new civic centre, magistrates' and crown court.

It hopes to improve traffic flow to and from the city centre as well as pedestrian links from Gloucester Cathedral to the Quays waterfront.

Work is due to start in April 2016.

Councillor Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council, said the regeneration of Gloucester Docks, Blackfriars and Quayside area is a major priority for the city.

"Blackfriars and Quayside is a significant and historic area, linking the Docks, the Cathedral and the River Severn.

"Its regeneration, bringing more people to live and work in the city centre and attracting more visitors, will be a huge boost for the local economy."

He added: "We have received a planning application from the developers for the Bakers Quay area, which contains artist impressions of how the area may look. However, these were produced before the fire at Provender Mill."

In other news, business consortium Rokeby Merchant Developments has submitted more detailed plans and images of what it hopes to create in a multi-million pound redevelopment of the neglected Bakers Quay.

These stunning designs show how the plans for 155 flats and a range of bars and restaurants will look if planning officials approve the planning application, due to be decided on in January.

As part of their ambitious plans , the firm wants to build a drive through Costa Coffee as well as a 105-bedroom Premier Inn.

They signed contracts last year with the landowners to buy the site, as long as they get permission.

This was put into doubt when the principal building in the plans, the rundown Provender Warehouse, was set alight in an alleged arson attack in September.

Investigations continue to find out if the listed building can be saved but its demolition is thought likely.

Adrian Goodall, managing director of firm Rokeby Developments, said the prognosis for the warehouse was "not good" after parts of the building were warped by temperatures of 1,100C.

"It's terribly sad because the whole attraction has been the heritage nature of the development but we are still looking at all the options," he said.

"Overall, this is a very challenging site but hopefully the reward will be this development envisioned by these images.

"It's a very exciting opportunity with the news of Next coming to the Peel Centre next door. It's going to create a large attraction focus for Gloucester."

Source: Gloucester citizen.

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