VISITORS to sunny Gloucester yesterday who ate their lunch in King’s Square would be forgiven for not being able to spot what was missing.
The demolition of the former Golden Egg restaurant, which took 11 weeks, seemed like it had never happened as the area where it once stood was replaced with bright, new paving.
The Golden Egg had dominated King's Square since 1972. For many it held fond memories but in recent years it had become an eyesore blighting an area of Gloucester ripe for regeneration.
Archaeological digs before the new paving was laid revealed a Roman Townhouse beneath the ground but the exploratory trench has now been filled in.
The new-look area was unveiled on Tuesday when temporary green hoarding, which had shielded the public from the construction site, came down at long last. The last job of the day for demolition experts Wye Valley Group was to sweep down the new paving stones.
Gavin Pettigrew, quality manager for the firm, said: “When we were on site there was a considerable amount of interest in what we were doing from the public.
“When we spoke to most people they were just glad to see the back of the Golden Egg. It seems people really appreciate what we were doing in getting rid of it.
“When the project started we were hit by some really bad weather but we were still able to do it in 11 weeks which was a quick turnaround. The demolition work was quite a public spectacle for a while and people were taking pictures. We also realise it may have been an inconvenience to people for a while too, so we thank everyone for bearing with us.
“Now that it is gone it makes King’s Square feel twice as big as it was before.
“The people who go for coffee at Costa will notice a big difference – it must be so much lighter in there now.”
Costa are planning to put new tables and chairs outside their premises so that their customers can enjoy the views of the square.
City council leader Paul James said that the council is working with King’s Walk shopping centre to put on a series of events in the square during the summer.
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