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How ‘cool’ are the plans for landmark Cirencester development?

Whether the three proposals for a major new multi-storey building in the centre of Cirencester provide "wow factor" is as yet unclear, but you still have time to make comment.

A public display showing three designs for the new Waterloo car park in the town was due to officially come to an end on Friday, but now look like it will be extended.

Cotswold District Council officers are looking into running the display for another week at their offices in Trinity Road as they seek to glean as much feedback as possible from businesses, which have bemoaned the lack of parking in the town, and residents.

As with all designs, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but Councillor Mark Harris, cabinet member for car parks, says the town is after something special.

"We want to choose a design that is practical inside whilst having a look that respects our heritage and townscape and at the same time has 'wow factor'. We want residents and visitors to say how cool the Cirencester car park is," said Cllr Harris.

You can get a taste of a little of the flavour of the three proposals here to begin to form your own impressions.

So far - what with voting cards and online votes - 1,079 comments have been collected.

Feedback will help the council determine which two options will go through head to head before a final decision will be made.

A "specialist parking consultant" is being used by the council to support the project management of the scheme and they designed the operational element of the car park.

RIBA is running the two stage procurement for an architect, which will include a design competition.

"This should ensure that the appointed architect not only has sufficient experience and skills to design the car park but also has truly understood the design brief and can design something of a suitable high quality that is appropriate for the car park's setting in historic Cirencester," said the council.

To find out more visit the council's website.

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