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In Pictures: Next phase of Bakers Quay gathers pace

Unsafe sections of a Gloucester Docks warehouse have been demolished in recent weeks, to make space a £20million redevelopment.

The Downings Building, which sits between Gloucester Quays and the first phase of Bakers Quay is being worked on as part of a wider £60million regeneration project.

Construction work on the site will see the previously derelict Victorian warehouses and grain storage buildings transformed into residential, leisure and retail space - breathing new life into the area.

Plans include the transformation parts of the site into 70 apartments, complete with balconies, amazing rooftop views from penthouses, lots of modern glass-meets heritage, and even extra parking.

What it is hoped the area will look like once the scheme is complete.

Early stages of the scheme, currently underway, include removing debris of collapsed giant timber beams, brickwork, steel pillars and old flooring, salvaging as much as possible, and incorporating it into the new development.

This first stage has also involved the demolition of the post-war concrete silo adjacent to the Victorian warehouse.

Back before work began last October Adrian Goodall, of Rokeby Developments who is helping to steer the project, said: "We have had a successful phase one. The biggest challenges are still to come.

"The biggest is Downings. If you wanted an easy ride you would demolish the lot, on the basis it will probably fall down, and put a new block there."

"We feel the whole ethos of Rokeby is the heritage. By going the extra mile to keep the structure, a new building inside will be worth doing," he added.

"We will try to salvage the cast iron columns to incorporate back into the structure, so from the layman's point of view, the building's challenges will have been tamed."

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