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Work could soon start on former nightclub conversion into 100-plus flats

The team is being assembled which will take on an exciting city centre project and see a former night club transformed.

That plans have been pushing their way through the city council to re-develop the currently empty premises stretching from Quay Street to Westgate Street is no great secret.

It was never going to stay quiet when it emerged former Gloucester Rugby player, Paul Doran-Jones, was involved in the scheme to put 115 student flats on the site of the former night club.

But that was June 2018, and quiet it did go - except for the occasional glimpse as more detail passed through planning at the city council.

Eamonn McGurk, well-known city businessman, boss of McGurk Group - which includes the likes of Keyway - and owner of Gloucester City Football Club, is now driving the plans forward. He is upbeat about the city and its fortunes.

"The project is currently in the planning stage for a further increase in the number of student rooms. If successful works are planned to commence in three to six months subject to the necessary notices being put in place," said Mr McGurk, who pointed out that his business is only the owner of part of the site.

"It's truly amazing what has been achieved during the last decade in the city of Gloucester. We are in the final process of assembling a project team for this exciting city centre development."

Approval has already been given by the city council to redevelop the site of the old King of Clubs and Minx nightclubs on Quay Street.

And a second application was needed to win listed building consent to ensure aspects of the front and rear of the 109 Westgate Street building were restored.

The original application was for "the demolition of existing buildings and redevelopment of the site for student accommodation comprising 115 studio units, one warden unit, ancillary student communal areas and servicing facilities, cycle/bin storage, soft/hard landscaping and access".

Gloucester architects Roberts Limbrick and Gloucester and Cheltenham-based SF Planning have worked on the project.

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