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New dawn for King's Square in Gloucester as Golden Egg piazza finally revealed

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 09, 2014

  • Site of the former Golden Egg in King's Square Gloucester (2)

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  • Site of the former Golden Egg in King's Square Gloucester (1)

  • Site of the former Golden Egg in King's Square Gloucester (3)

  • Site of the former Golden Egg in King's Square Gloucester (5)

  • Site of the former Golden Egg in King's Square Gloucester (6)

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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.

What do you think of the new look King's Square?

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  • jas37  |  April 09 2014, 11:27PM

    Turf, plants or trees, remember the amount of complaining that went on when the area in front of Chambers was turfed? Many complain that they want the Square to be an open area for events etc. Trees would have no doubt attracted further moans. The paving is clearly inexpensive, there's still plenty of room for large bedded plants, Shrubs, Small Trees etc. They appear to have gone for the least expensive and most practical option.

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  • honslknjklyt  |  April 09 2014, 11:20PM

    Its probably a landing stand for when Dick Hilton is made a "Lord" and visits as an honourary guest for the opening of a coffee shop.

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  • GrumpyGlevum  |  April 09 2014, 10:51PM

    Response to jas37: I think what most people are alluding to are a) the ridiculous notion of calling King's Square a "piazza" simply because some paving has been installed; and describing this as a "new dawn". And b) that if indeed it is a temporary measure, that a better affordable alternative still could have been implemented. What ever happened to plants and trees? Covering the area in turf, or planting a series of shrubby borders would not only be significantly cheaper than paving it, but also more attractive and less grey, better for the environment and reducing the urban heat island, provide a pleasant area for seating of which there is a distinct lack thereof in the square, and most pertinently in relation to your point, far easier to remove once the redevelopment project kicks into action. Valid points in my opinion.

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  • jas37  |  April 09 2014, 10:27PM

    Or even "here".

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  • jas37  |  April 09 2014, 10:26PM

    Most of the comments hear appear to have totally missed the point. All of the information that I read concerning the current situation with the area that was previously occupied by the Golden Egg explained that there would be temporary /short term paving until the King's Quarter development takes place. Did people really want to see expensive Paving and landscaping installed only for it to be ripped up in a year or twos time. Not long ago most people were complaining about the eyesore Golden Egg building, now they are moaning because there is an open space.

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  • Mudbox  |  April 09 2014, 10:04PM

    it's a flying saucer landing pad. Build it and they will come.....*fingers crossed*

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  • MikeMorrisOBE  |  April 09 2014, 9:53PM

    Are the City Council looking for some kind of thanks for converting the Golden Egg into a hard standing? Just remember who approved the last re-development of Kings Square. It was wasn't Cheltenham Borough or Stroud District Council, It was GLOUCESTER CITY COUNCIL. Perhaps that's why a lot of us have got no faith in whatever their latest plans are.

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  April 09 2014, 8:52PM

    Is that it, We are suppose to preserve our history and show it off to the tourists who come here, not stick it under a load of concrete aka a patio.

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  • thestig2  |  April 09 2014, 6:14PM

    March 11th - 'HUGELY important' remains of a Roman townhouse have been found lying under the site of the Golden Egg. April 9th burred under fresh laid concrete patio. Great to see our history on show. must be the norm to hide stuff under the patio lol.

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  • spindles12  |  April 09 2014, 5:28PM

    This looks like an enormous waste of money considering the whole lot is due to be dug up and replaced with the wonderful Kings Quarter - OR SO WE ARE LED TO BELIEVE! Mr Doodah from Stanhope was spouting the plans for King's Square in a recent article and mentioned something similar to what's now appeared. QUOTE :TWO new squares would be created in the King's Quarter development. Plans for where they could be are developing and have changed several times. But the current thinking suggests that a new triangular-shaped open space could be created in front of Costa" Well, it's not triangular but it's an open space in front of Costa. Looks like King's Quarter has started, although the same article the quote appeared in did say that the final plans for King's Quarter would be submitted at the END of 2014 so a few more months to go yet. Looks like this will be the "open space" that we will be left with after the blocks of shops have been built.

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