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Changing face of Gloucester will be lit up in time for 2015 Rugby World Cup

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 01, 2014

  • How King's Walk shopping centre could look with the new concept cladding

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Much maligned shop fronts across the city could be in line for a dramatic facelift under new measures that will ‘transform’ how the city looks.

Hi-tech cladding techniques will allow different colours, style and textures to be displayed on the fronts of famous city buildings.

The Gloucester City Council concept is likely to be rolled out in time for the Rugby World Cup in Autumn 2015.

Four ‘high profile’ buildings are in line for the £150,000 makeover, with designers giving a sneak preview of how King’s Walk Shopping Centre could look.

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The example shows the building frontage changed by the use of a variety of panels. Some of the panels are even capable of a ‘chameleon technique’ enabling them to change colour, similar to Bayern Munich’s football stadium, the Allianz Arena.

Council leader, Paul James, said: “We have asked a local architectural practice to provide us with these visual concepts so that we can get an idea of the manner in which we could transform the appearance of a building.

“This is just a very initial stage of the process and a report will be brought to the cabinet later in the spring with a view to more detailed technical work being undertaken.

“This is an exciting project and we wanted to let people get a glimpse of what we have in mind for Gloucester.”

The funding is part of £2m of city Improvements planned by the council.

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  • bdbear  |  April 02 2014, 10:59AM

    I hope there is going to be a big tv screen in kings square for the rugby world cup so those who o not get tickets can all get together to watch it in a great family atmosphere .

  • JemmyWood  |  April 02 2014, 10:55AM

    Anything is an improvement on the drab concrete nightmare that currently is Gloucester city centre.

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  • jas37  |  April 01 2014, 9:42PM

    No mention of the most tatty (and disgusting) looking buildings in the City Centre - Southgate News and its neighbours plus the ugly concrete Church just up the road.

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  • bg1980  |  April 01 2014, 3:16PM

    I have to say it looks awful, but at least something is being done

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  • Apothegm_  |  April 01 2014, 1:17PM

    And the obligatory quote from Paul James! Who could ask for anything more?

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  • Beekeeper  |  April 01 2014, 12:22PM

    Great April Fool story about City Council spending two million pounds on smartening up shop fronts. A bit too silly to be believable, but still very funny. Well done, TiG.

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