After a landmark building development in Gloucester city centre is completed, the site will host a year-round programme of festivals and events.
Builders are currently revamping King’s Square in a £5million regeneration project, with the intent it will become a destination for cultural activities, including live performances and entertainment.
Gloucester City Council aim to have the square completed by late 2021, as part of the King’s Quarter £85million development which will become digital hub The Forum.
The once bland slab of concreted between The Regal and Iceland will feature sweeping granite seating areas, water fountains, tree plantings, and atmospheric coloured lighting.
Councillor Richard Cook (C, Kingsway), leader of Gloucester City Council, said: “King’s Square sits at the heart the multi-million-pound regeneration that is taking place in Gloucester and will play a key role in our future plans for King’s Quarter, hosting a year-round programme of events and festivals.
“It’s also the first project to be awarded under our new social value policy which means we want it to deliver the widest possible benefits back into the community in terms of improving skills, well-being and supporting community led action.
“We hope that the local community will not only benefit from these activities but also be kept informed about the regeneration of the square which many feel passionate about and want to see it used to its full potential.”
E G Carter & Co were appointed by Gloucester City Council to regenerate the square in October.
Gloucester based family building firm E G Carter & Co said in a written statement on their December newsletter: “Over the next year E G Carter & Co Ltd are committed to ensuring the community of Gloucester is involved with the regeneration of King’s Square.
“In the upcoming month there will be a range of opportunities for groups, individuals and charities to immerse themselves within the project.”
Last week, Gloucester City Council Cabinet agreed to sign a legally binding £107million, development agreement to deliver the £85million Kings Quarter, The Forum development.
Images of how King’s Quarter will look upon completion were released earlier this month.