EYESORE buildings in Gloucester city centre are to be transformed into architectural gems.
Makeovers for some of the city's ugliest buildings are in the pipeline, thanks to a £150,000 cash injection.
The red brick structure that houses Wilkinson's, in Northgate Street, and the concrete affair that is home to Paddy Power and B&M Bargains, in Southgate Street, are to become canvases for stunning new public art.
The towering concrete landmark that is the Longsmith multi-storey car park will be fitted out with a bank of modern solar panels to hide its unsightly exterior.
The panels will cost a whopping £90,000, but Gloucester City Council said they would generate £12,000 of income each year.
The concrete face of the Eastgate car park will also be replaced with modern cladding and a fresh lick of paint.
If it gets the go-ahead, the scheme will be paid for by the Gloucester City Centre Improvement Fund.
Gloucester City Council's cabinet members are expected to give their thumbs up to the idea at a meeting on September 11.
Council leader Paul James said: "This proposal will change the face of some of our ugliest buildings.
"Gloucester has many attractive buildings that we can be proud of, but we also have our fair share of less attractive ones, too.
"By taking this approach we can lessen the impact of the 1960s and '70s eyesores and improve the look of the city as a whole."
Shoppers welcomed the proposal yesterday. Martin Porter, 36, from Abbeymead, said: "Some of the buildings are pretty horrendous. Anything they can do to make them a little more interesting would be a good idea."
Shelley Wainwright, 43, from Tewkesbury, said: "The car parks in particular look like they are stuck in a time warp. The work can't be done quick enough, really."
In a report to councillors, planning officer Meyrick Brentnall said: "The buildings chosen were unanimously regarded as being in need of some sort of treatment."
Council bosses point to solar panel cladding on a building in Germany as inspiration.
The council has also said that if the four buildings they planned to target first were deemed a success, they would look for further funding to put other eyesores on their hit list.
Barry Leach, from the Gloucester City Centre Community Partnership, said: "Some of these buildings which have blank walls of concrete have little in the way of options left for them, so anything to improve their facade should be welcomed.
"It is a good use of the money that is available."