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Plans to demolish Gloucester's Peel Centre shops revealed

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 01, 2012

  • An artist’s impression for the new cinema at Gloucester Quays

  • GROUND FORCE: The new cinema work underway at Gloucester Quays. Inset; Nick Poole, left, and site manager Neil Bogart.

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RADICAL plans to demolish the shops at the Peel Centre are in the pipeline.

The 20-year-old ageing buildings, off St Ann Way, are home to retailers such as Burger King, Toys 'R' Us, Hobbycraft and cinema operator Cineworld, which is moving to the Quays next October.

Developers Peel wants to replace them with new, modern buildings.

There will be two anchor stores, one of which is rumoured to be Ikea.

Existing retailers will be able to return to the site.

Jan Goodchild, from Hobbycraft, said: "We are aware of Peel's plans.

"We want to maintain a presence in Gloucester and we are in discussion with them but it is too early to say any more at this stage."

The work isn't expected to start until the redevelopment of the Quays is finished.

Gloucester City Council leader councillor Paul James said: "The Peel Centre is looking very tired at the moment and it definitely needs a revamp.

"Ikea is being talked about and that would be fantastic for the city.

"We just need to make sure the plans complement what we are doing in the city centre."

Construction of the new Cineworld is moving quickly and in June the firm will fit out the new 10-screen digital cinema.

Four restaurants have confirmed they will open next to the cinema.

And developers say they are fighting off other eateries who are clambering for the four remaining units.

Nick Poole, facilities manager for Peel, said it had been a massive undertaking to get the cinema project off the ground.

"We had to take the whole roof off and put a new one on so that it is suitable for the cinema auditoriums," he said.

"It was always bold developing the Quays in the middle of a recession but it has been done and having the cinema here means we've got our pick of restaurants."

The name of the first restaurant is to be revealed as soon as they start to fit out their premises.

Mark Benning, project manager, said: "Everything is on schedule."

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  • Beekeeper  |  December 02 2012, 8:39PM

    20 years old?! Ageing buildings?! Tat being replaced by more tat.

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  • Bonkim2003  |  December 02 2012, 6:52PM

    Access will be awkward for IKEA from the Bristol Road end, also from Hempstead - there are any number of sites suitable for IKEA outside the central area served by major roads - IKEA customers will not be just from Gloucester central area - but from many miles around - and as such access/car parking space, etc, critical. Given that IKEA sells a whole range of goods - local businesses will not welcome their setting up shop at the Peel Centre - will kill off Gloucester city centre completely.

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  • MentalBeaver  |  December 02 2012, 6:31PM

    Before you get too excited about a new cinema, bear in mind that as it's going to be on the Quays side you'll probably have to pay for parking (or take a chance on a ticket from the Peel side). I went to the Breweries cinema with a friend a year or two ago and it cost us £3.50 to park which pretty much negated the Orange 2-4-1 deal.

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  • TimMessanger  |  December 02 2012, 6:22PM

    Marked box junctions and enforcement cameras should do the trick!

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  • Tree1974  |  December 02 2012, 5:49PM

    I hope if they plan something like Ikea they have a serious look at the surrounding roads. If last weeks traffic debacle (Christmas Market) is anything to go by, it will make that side of Gloucester a no go area at weekends.

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  December 02 2012, 12:51PM

    I can't wait for the cinema to move in and open in October with all those Restaurants.

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  • Bonkim2003  |  December 02 2012, 12:33PM

    TimMessanger - Yes - it all depends on QA in manufacture and installation - nothing new - medieval buildings were timber framed with infilled bricks or plaster/clay with lime coating - and agree if insulation/air separation cavities correctly installed, should last - but that is the crux - as you say is there a standard QA and are all builders trained well to do that?

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  • TimMessanger  |  December 02 2012, 11:09AM

    Bomkin2003 Timber framed construction comes in many levels of completion; sections with stirling board on one side. (cheep and nasty) sections with stirling board on one side with breathable membrane attached. (this is how prefab started in the uk) sections with stirling board on one side cable cable and pipe ways drilled and membrane Sections with stirling board, cable and pipe conduits installed, packed with insulation and 2 membranes (just add plasterboard and an outside skin) There where a lot of problems with timber framed houses in the UK not caused by the design but thy the installation by unqualified builders. Knocking holes in panels to put a rope through to lift rather than using eye bolts through the pre drilled lifting points, damaging the membrane and either not repairing the damage or not correctly repairing the damage allowing ingress of water into the timer framed structure. A properly constructed and treated timber framed building should last for hundreds of years and has a lower cost of construction, lower carbon footprint. How old is the new inn?

  • Bonkim2003  |  December 01 2012, 10:17PM

    Walker100 - I won'ttrust my Grannie but agree with you about timber-frame construction, but not about cheap Eastern Europeans. Timber-frames are O.K but unless factory finished, and if damp-proof, etc, not carefully installed, life can get short. Brick cavities a little more forgiving. Building costs for an average 3 bed house can be as low as ~£70K - but the cost is made up of land, and developer mark-up - together some 60 to 70% of a typical house. U.K businesses are greedier than their counterparts in many European countries including Germany or even the US. I have no problem with a competitive market place, but most businesses in the U.K are not competitive, many prices rigged.

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  • citizenciren  |  December 01 2012, 10:15PM

    I tell you what would be good, why don't they just rename it from 'the peel centre' to something like 'wagon works retail park' how many of the younger people in Gloucester have no idea of the history of life before the peel centre.

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