Gloucester unveils new look for Kings Square

Gloucester City Council has released new images of what Kings Square could look like if multi-million-pound regeneration plans get approved.

The computer-generated images show how the city centre square will be transformed with a temporary stage, outdoor cinema and water fountains.

If approved, the plans will see a number of buildings in the city centre replaced with 150 homes, 40,000 square feet of office space and new shops, bars and eateries.

Other images show the lighting designed by multi-award-winning Michael Grubb Studio, the creative vision behind high profile projects such as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Gardens of Light Festival and Twickenham Stadium Gateways.

The lighting will brighten the area and protect its newly welcoming atmosphere into the evening.

The leader of Gloucester City Council, Cllr Paul James said the new images illustrate ‘our vision for the transformation’ of this part of Gloucester city centre into a destination and flexible event space.

‘These plans support our aspirations to attract new investment in the city to improve the experience for people to visit, shop and work. By proposing a mix of uses in the square, Gloucester will continue to succeed as times and habits change,’ said Cllr James.

‘There is now real momentum behind the entire Kings Quarter regeneration project and with some work already beginning we are on the cusp of realising this vision and bringing the images to life.’

Novell Tullett has led the design of the Kings Square, supported by AHR and AECOM.

The defining sculptural edge of the square has been designed by internationally renowned George King Architects (GKA) whose founder hails from Gloucester.

George King, principal at GKA said: ‘We are very excited to be a part of such an important initiative for the city of Gloucester.

‘The opportunity to be involved in the regeneration of the city in which I was born is truly unique and it has been a pleasure to be a member of the dedicated team bringing new life to Kings Square.

‘We hope that our playful and contemporary design will re-energise the square and help it to once again become a proud focal point for the local community as well as an attraction for visitors from near and far for many years to come.’

Photo Credit – Gloucester City Council

Jamie Hailstone
Senior reporter - NewStart


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