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NEW IMAGES: What could replace Gloucester's high-rise tower block

New CGI images have been released showing what Gloucester's only high-rise housing block could be replaced with.

Plans have been submitted to demolish the 11-storey Clapham Court to make way for a new lower level estate containing 36 homes.

The iconic Clapham Court tower block is considered to be beyond its sustainable and effective use.

Gloucester-based Quattro Design Architects, along with clients Gloucester City Homes (GCH), have created what they describe as "a bold and modern proposal that will rejuvenate the area".

In place of the current 11- storey tower, two new - smaller residential blocks - and 15 houses will be built for the affordable and social housing market. This proposal will yield 36 new dwellings and will also accommodate a new pharmacy.

At the centre of the new community the architects say there will be a brand new, bespoke 'green street', complete with a variety of plants, grassed areas, picnic tables and seating that will bring residents together and will provide children with a safe space to play and socialise.

GCH has said it will improve the skyline of the city and give better views of the Cathedral.

It announced its desire to tear down the ageing concrete tower block, which contains 80 one-bed sheltered accommodation homes, in 2021.

It said the "difficult and sad" decision was due to the estimated maintenance costs for the 60-year-old building reaching a staggering £1 million.

It has now applied to Gloucester City Council for permission to replace the Alvin Street high-rise with two blocks that are between two to six storeys high.

They would contain 10 one-bed, 11 two-bed, eight three-bed and seven four-bed homes for social rent.

Houses will have a semi-private rear garden and flats would have balconies.

Parking spaces would be reduced from 16 to nine and the 0.6 acre site would also contain a community garden, play area, new access off Alvin Street and landscaping.

The existing Rowlands Pharmacy would also be demolished and replaced with a new pharmacy building.

Quattro's project lead, Colm Coyle, said: "With this planning application, we can see a clear strategy from Gloucester City Homes - that is; a cleaner, safer, more sustainable environment for Gloucester's communities.

"It has been a really exciting journey so far and I am looking forward to watching the scheme mature and evolve into a series of warm, safe and comfortable homes for the community."

The application could go before planners in March.

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