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intelligence PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE


Regeneration is quay for Gloucester R


estoring pride in Gloucester’s historic waterfront has been key to the city’s success story – and enthusiastically


promoted by commercial property consultants Bruton Knowles. The Local Development Order supporting the


regeneration of the Quayside and Blackfriars areas of the city was adopted by Gloucester City Council earlier this week and sent on to Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid for final approval. The ambitious £135m programme could


provide the launch pad for a further overhaul of the city’s commercial, residential and leisure core. Angus Taylor, Head of Commercial at Bruton


Knowles’ Quedgeley headquarters, said the firm had already played a key role in driving the city centre regeneration strategy and would continue to help drive the regeneration of the area. “We have advised developers, local


authorities and other stakeholders on a range of schemes aimed at delivering economic growth from this once neglected area of the city.” He said a raft of new schemes in and around


the city centre had transformed around two thirds of it from virtual dereliction to thriving new retail, leisure and residential hubs. “We applaud Gloucestershire City and County


Councils who have had the foresight to press ahead with this project – despite uncertainties


over the prevailing economic conditions. Regeneration never travels in a straight line and, inevitably, there have been setbacks, such as the major fire at Baker’s Quay.” The site is bounded by Quay Street, Bearland/


Longsmith Street to the north, Ladybellegate Street to the east, Commercial Road to the south and The Quay to the west. Priority to residential and student


accommodation scheme, with ancillary uses such as retail, restaurants, health centres and leisure facilities also supported. Angus Taylor said: “Local


development orders are designed to help councils speed up development by granting planning permission for the kind of schemes they are looking to attract. “We have helped get the process


Angus Taylor of Bruton Knowles


PROPERTY


‘Our objective has


always been to create vitality, bring back the


buzz into the city centre’


moving, advising stakeholders regarding Gloucester Docks, the Quays, Greyfriars, the Railway Triangle and the Canal Corridor. “This is where Gloucester gains – its historic


docks, quays and proximity to water. The city had turned its back on its historic waterways, leading to huge areas of urban decay and dereliction. “Our objective has always been to create


Lost in Translation?


vitality, bring back the buzz into the city centre and, looking at Gloucester’s rejuvenated Docks and Quays, we are now


close to achieving those ideals.” Since 2005 between £600- £700


million has been invested in Gloucester, the bulk of the money coming


from the private sector. This has created more than 1,000 jobs and


opened up more than 850,000 sq ft of commercial and retail floorspace. Just under 93 acres of land has been


reclaimed in and around the city centre and a thousand new homes have already been delivered in what Chris described as a “wilderness of dereliction”.


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