REGARDING the recent article ‘Relocating Eastgate Market for TK Maxx could ‘kill it off’.
The Market Hall is one of the best post-war buildings to be put up in Gloucester. Yes, it is made of concrete, and was erected at about the same time as ‘The Golden Egg’ – but that is where the comparison ends (apart from the neglect that both have suffered).
It was built to be viewed from three aspects – across the bowling green where its large windows allow light to flood into the interior and provide a handsome backdrop to the green; the side facing Greyfriars – more massive and with more discreet glazing (also with an echo of Coventry Cathedral in the ‘stepped’ layout) to complement the church remains; and thirdly the public entrance off the Via Sacra which (when stripped of accretions) has a monumental quality. Around 350 new houses are being built on the college grounds. What do the residents of these new homes need? An ugly box in which to buy discounted fashion from last year or a purpose-built, public market which leads them through to the city centre passed locally-run small businesses?
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