Transformation of Gloucester Docks

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Plans have been revealed for the transformation of Bakers Quay at Gloucester Docks including new shops, restaurants, bars and the conversion of several listed buildings into stylish apartments.

It is the latest of a number of regeneration projects to be announced recently including the bus station, an ice rink as part of the Kings Quarter scheme, and Blackfriars.

Following a very succcessful bank holiday weekend which saw Gloucester Docks host a tall ships festival, plans to transform the derelict Bakers Quay area seem to have been welcomed by locals.

Jason Smith, chief executive of Marketing Gloucester said: “We are going to see some magnificent changes over the next couple of years… I have been talking to business recently and they are coming from London, north Staffordshire, north Wales, all over the place, because the message is getting out there that Gloucester is on the up.”

The scheme for the 3.7-acre site includes the extension of the outlet shopping centre at Downings Malthouse and more bars and restaurants along the waterfront. A drive-thru Costa has been planned along with a Premier Inn and a Brewers Fayre pub. Additional parking spaces as well as 150 residential units have also been included.”

Nic Mills, Cotswolds buying agent and Director of The County Homesearch Company said: “Gloucester has a lot going for it and has risen in popularity over the past few years as buyers seek value for money away from traditional favourites such as Cheltenham. In 2013, the city was rated in the UK’s top 10 places to live. The heritage and history of this cathedral city make it popular with families and young professionals, who, recognising the beautiful countryside on the doorstep, enjoy the best of both worlds.”

If you would like to buy a home or investment property in Cheltenham or Gloucester, please call buying agent Nic Mills for an obligation-free chat to discuss how he can help. Tel: 01285 656310. Email: nicmills@county-homesearch.com