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Orchard Square to become a £1m hub for dock-side open air performance

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 21, 2014

  • A computer generated image of how Orchard Square could look

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Open air performance will attract more visitors to Gloucester on completion of the new Orchard Square development in Gloucester Docks.

That is the dream of planners who hope to transform the area currently used as a car park for shoppers and visitors to the Quays.

A masterplan of regeneration by Peel, owners of Gloucester Quays, was unveiled to the public last week.

Computer generated images of how the new square could look show steps and a canopy to create an amphitheatre where people can watch live events.

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It is hoped the development will take place in the coming months, redeveloping the existing car park.

The wall running along Llanthony Road will be removed and replaced with Spanish steps leading down into the piazza which is likely to be used as a ‘fanzone’ when the Rugby World Cup comes to Gloucester in September 2015.

Proposals to enhance the car park into a ‘classy piazza’ will cost £1 million and transform the site into a focal point for the Docks.

Last week, it emerged family restaurant TGI Friday is due to open up in a unit beneath the Gloucester Antiques Centre.

It will be one of biggest restaurants in the Quays and will front the new piazza.

Coal Grill and Bar is also on course to open in July and will takeover the Pillar and Lucy Warehouse. The square could provide a hub for visiting rugby fans during the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Talks are under way between Gloucester City Council, Marketing Gloucester and England Rugby to plan how the FanZone will run.

The city council has identified 17 days when the key games will be shown.

Mike Moore, from Linden, said: “It is a brilliant idea, just what that area needs. It is far better than just using that space for a car park.”

Roger Badham, from Tuffley said: “It would be a good spot to watch historical pageants, jazz concerts or live sport on a big screen.”

Martin Badham, from Longlevens: “It is very positive for the Quays and Gloucester needs somewhere to watch big events from.”

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  • jackson99  |  April 23 2014, 12:03AM

    A million pounds for a Square - seems very expenive. Why not make it in the shape of a elephant and use nice white tiles

  • JemmyWood  |  April 22 2014, 10:15PM

    So it's Kings Square II then......

  • Juliep  |  April 22 2014, 6:01PM

    Wow another open "entertainment" space, how inventive..,.just like the one in Kings Square....which is an incredibly dull white elephant. Relieved to see this one's not got any old steps but special Spanish ones...phew. that's a relief. Yawn.

  • jas37  |  April 21 2014, 9:07PM

    The plans look impressive but there are a couple of details that I am uncomfortable with. The removal of the "Shed" closest to the Antiques Centre is a major improvement, this will open up the space and improve the Vista from all directions. So why replace it with a modern version in almost the same location? I can understand why the plan includes four disabled Parking spaces but will it really be safe and practical to have vehicles driving across the Public Square?

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