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.
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.”