Decision to demolish car park will kick start next stage of Gloucester's regeneration
By James Young | 4th July 2019
The plans for a multi-million-pound transformation of Gloucester's King's Quarter could take a significant step forward next week.
At Gloucester City Council's July cabinet meeting, councillors will be asked to back the demolition of the Bruton Way Car Park, Bentnick House and the partial demolition of Grosvenor House.
If approved, the next stage of Gloucester's transformation can move forward, which will include the overhaul of King's Square and the building of a new car park.
The plans also include 150 new homes and 40,000 sq ft of office space being built.
Once the buildings are demolished it will allow for further archaeological investigations to take place on the site.
When the bus station and furniture recycling project was overhaul, investigations found remains associated with the Camelite Friary, the Whitefriars site, thought to date back to 1268.
A human burial was found on site, this is most likely one of the friars or a patron of the friary.
The body has been left in place as the new development will be designed to ensure, as much as possible, that any human burials are undisturbed.
Following the demolition of Bruton Way car park and Bentick House, it is proposed to use the cleared site for a temporary car park prior to development.
Proposals for the square will include the relocation of the World Cup Rugby Bench and the public toilet currently outside of the Post Office.
A special Changing Places Facility is included in the plans which allows for people who have physical disabilities and who need more space and equipment to use toilets safely and comfortably.
The council and its partners Reef Group were presented with the prestigious MJ Award for Innovation in Property and Asset Management last week for the Kings Walk development plans in recognition of the bold and ambitious project.
f given the green light for demolition it is intended it will take place in spring next year and preliminary work is set to start on the Kings Square refurbishment by autumn 2020.
Leader of the Council, Councillor Paul James, said: "I know residents are very keen for us to get on with the regeneration work in Kings Quarter and, so far, we've done a significant amount of work behind the scenes, such as the important archaeological investigations.
"These proposals should show the progress that is being made in driving forward such an ambitious project and making Gloucester a more vibrant and attractive place in which to live, work and visit."
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