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First apartments at Greyfriars Quarter development almost ready

By citizenmike  |  Posted: March 14, 2014

  • How the new square at Greyfriars Quarter will look

  • New townhouses at the media site will open in June

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A tree lined square overlooking the Greyfriars monument will be home to restaurants and a cafe bar as it emerges developers are in talks to bring in businesses.

New city centre dwellers will move in June into the first of more than 250 properties currently being built by Linden Homes on two sites off Brunswick Road.

It comes as the developer has entered negotiations with local GPs to find a practice to take on the proposed doctors surgery. It is also looking to fill restaurants, a cafe-bar, office space and a pharmacy earmarked for the site.

There will also be a community space for more than 500 new city centre residents.

Sales director Sue Scholfield said: “Greyfriars Quarter is ideal for those looking to enjoy the benefits of living in a city centre as well as the peace of mind that comes from buying new.

“Located close to the regenerated historic city docks, Greyfriars Quarter provides a great base to explore all that Gloucester has to offer – from its Cathedral and museums to shops and restaurants.”

The firm is tipped to run a campaign encouraging people who rent to consider becoming first-time buyers. They will argue that they may even be better off thanks to support from the Government’s Help to Buy scheme which provides home buyers with an equity loan of up to 20 per cent of the value of any new-build home up to a maximum of £600,000.

The £25million redevelopment of the former Gloscat college grounds and the adjacent media site is seen as key by city leaders in helping rejuvenate Gloucester’s city centre economy.

Chris Atine, general manager at nearby Cafe Rene, which is likely to benefit the most from the site’s development, said: “Getting people to live in our city centre is really important because they will in turn spend their money here.

“Gloucester has some amazing period properties in the centre that nobody lives in so it will be good to see things turn around.

“When students go to university they quite often like to stay and that’s when you get your young professionals moving in. It would be nice to see that happen here in Gloucester.

“The new residents are going to have plenty of pubs to choose from and we are all hopefully going to benefit from that.”

Completing the site will take a further 18 months but it is expected that all of the properties on the media site, opposite the city museum, will be sold by Christmas when it is completed. Linden Homes will then start work on the second phase opposite the friary.

The first of the homes to be unveiled in June are three-bedroom townhouses which offer ‘spacious’ living across three floors, with open plan living areas, a garden and a parking space.

Some 176 apartments are planning in total, with 78 townhouses.

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  • Kay_Powell  |  March 25 2014, 3:30PM

    Linden Homes has just put in another application for minor changes to the layout of the site (14/00110/NMA). I notice that they include the removal of two planned trees and some shrubs.

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  • jas37  |  March 15 2014, 8:58PM

    The flats being built in phase 1 appear to be steel framed. The plans for the Flats including the Villa buildings look pretty smart, I'm yet to be convinced about the appearance of the Town Houses.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  March 15 2014, 4:15PM

    Kay_Powell yep the disabled will be restricted to the paths, only any good if a bit of guerrilla gardening happens!

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  • Kay_Powell  |  March 15 2014, 3:35PM

    Lecorche, the gulag in the background is one of the new buildings. They're all pretty ugly. The ones on Brunswick Road are described by the architect as 'villas'. I've heard that the raised beds make it difficult for disabled people to use the area.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  March 15 2014, 11:13AM

    JemmyWood, looking at the buildings on the other side of the road I'd say they where brick and blockwork, I suppose the raised beds will give the street drinkers somewhere to sit for a drink!

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  • JemmyWood  |  March 15 2014, 10:28AM

    The architecture is very similar to what you find in Holland on new developments now, vey spacious inside. I doubt however they will be built the same way, prefering for timber frames, cheaply and quickly built. In Holland they have to be 100% slab and brick and more importantly noise insulated.

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  • jas37  |  March 15 2014, 10:09AM

    Glostaboy123, One of the problems that Gloucester suffers is a lack of people living in the City Centre. This development is surely a step in the right direction. In comparison Cheltenham has a far greater number of flats in the Town Centre, the residents add to the vibrancy of the Central area. The more people that live in the Centre the more it benefits City Centre Businesses. The Flats are pretty smart but the image of the Town Houses does not look too flattering.

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  • Lecorche  |  March 15 2014, 9:59AM

    Looks like a nice place to sit and watch the world go by. What's the Gulag in the background?

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  • GlostaBoy123  |  March 15 2014, 9:46AM

    Unsure about this idea, the City Centre needs alot more than restaraunts and housing.

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  • Rob_quedgeley  |  March 15 2014, 9:43AM

    Who approved this bland, featureless architecture?

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