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Public invited to give views on Gloucester’s latest redevelopment project

Members of the public are being invited to find out more, and give their views, about The Forum - a new social and digital campus for Gloucester.

Developed by Reef Group, in partnership with Gloucester City Council, The Forum is part of the £85m regeneration plan for Kings Quarter.

Subject to planning approval, the project will see creation of a vibrant innovation hub for digital businesses, and act as a catalyst for an emerging digital and cyber sector.

Reef's design team will be available outside Costa Coffee in the Kings Walk Shopping Centre from 9am - 5pm, on Wednesday, September 30, and Thursday, October 1 to talk to people about The Forum. The team will be fully compliant with current Covid-19 social distancing rules.

People will also be able to view plans for the scheme, leave comments and ask questions online via The Forum's website at https://www.forumdigital.co.uk/public-consultation.

The consultation is being held to listen to the public's views prior to Reef submitting a detailed planning application to Gloucester City Council.

Esther Croft, development director at Reef Group, said: "We warmly invite the people of Gloucester to take a closer look at plans for The Forum. Working in partnership with Gloucester City Council, our vision is to create one of the UK's first truly integrated digital societies. We want to provide the space and the infrastructure to build a seamless link between city centre living and working, in a new social and digital hub - repositioning Gloucester for the digital age."

Councillor Richard Cook, leader of Gloucester City Council, added: "The Forum is a hugely exciting opportunity to attract digital companies with a global reach right into Gloucester city centre. The scheme will also deliver benefits for residents and visitors, creating a new and attractive space. We look forward to sharing design details about The Forum, and listening to what people think about the scheme."

The Forum will see more than 125,000 sq ft of new versatile office space developed, alongside a shared workspace club. The scheme also includes a 116-bedroom four-star hotel, a 9,000 sq ft gym, restaurants, shops, bars and cathedral view apartments.

A wider 400,000 sq ft masterplan features a multi-storey car park, and more than one acre of public realm and landscaping work.

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