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Future of King's Square revealed as Golden Egg is toppled

By citizenmike  |  Posted: February 19, 2014

By Mike Wilkinson, Public Affairs reporter

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Toppled at last: The Golden Egg is reduced to rubble

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ATTENTIONS are turning to clearing the rubble of the Golden Egg after the building was finally toppled.

A digger with a dinosaur-like claw crunched its way through the building which has stood in King’s Square since 1972 over the course of a fortnight.

A small mountain of rubble now remains where the former restaurant once stood.

Specialist teams will now begin the task of clearing the remains of the building before putting down new paving. The work will take until the end of March. Archaeological digs will then start in April in another part of the square as developers Stanhope prepare plans for the King’s Quarter redevelopment.

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Archaeologists will be looking for remnants of Gloucester’s rich history as a prerequisite to any future work starting.

People will be encouraged to get involved in digs. An empty unit in the King’s Walk shopping centre will exhibit any finds as well as showcase a brief history of the square, which was once a thriving hub centred around fountains and The Regal cinema.

Gloucester City Council is investing some money to give the square a small makeover. It will include some repainting and new paving to make it a more palatable outdoor space for people to enjoy.

King’s Walk shopping centre have also agreed to work with council bosses to put on some entertainment during the summer months such as markets and live music.

Coffee house Costa, which has been operating under the shadow of the Egg since it opened last year, will use part of the space for tables and chairs for their customers.

Councillor Paul James, leader of the city council, said: “The work is pretty much on schedule despite the earlier bad weather. They will turn it into a nice paved away once the site has been cleared.

“But we don’t just want King’s Square to be a big empty space. We want it to be busy and a lively place to be where people want to meet up and have their lunch.

“That’s why it will be getting a general lift and we will be pulling together a programme of events. We want to get back to the way it was a few years ago.”

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  • ATTERS72  |  March 24 2014, 7:54PM

    Meanwhile peel are being refused planning permission for home bargains and therefore also ruling out IKEA or john lewis. That could be in and trading in 6 months. I smell a rat somewhere waiting for a back hander.

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  • jas37  |  February 19 2014, 10:22PM

    Stanhope's development is extremely important to the City Centre as a whole. Without major investment/development in the King's Quarter area the City Centre will struggle to attract major retailers and will remain dependant on the Quays to attract shoppers and retailers into Gloucester. The City will also continue to leak money to Cheltenham and Cribbs Causeway etc.

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  • honslknjklyt  |  February 19 2014, 5:23PM

    Get rid of the dirty druggies who loiter in gangs outside Debenhams. That would instantly make the place more attractive and smell better. Why should I and my family have to inhale weed??????

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  • spindles12  |  February 19 2014, 4:54PM

    "Archaeological digs will then start in April in another part of the square as developers Stanhope prepare plans for the King's Quarter redevelopment" WHY will Stanhope be preparing plans when there's a plan of the whole of the development on their website that shows many buildings occupying the space that is King's Square and beyond, leaving what appears to be little space for what Mr James wants, i.e.a busy and lively place where people want to meet up and have their lunch. It looks as if the Stanhope development is a long way away if the Council are spending some money (I wonder how much, they haven't said) on doing a makeover and there are plans for entertainment throughout the summer. Perhaps if the Square becomes a thriving and entertaining place to be this year then maybe it would be a good thing if the Stanhope development never actually gets off the ground at all. How about a nice seating area with a fountain and weeping willow tree to make it even more inviting?

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