A major revamp of Gloucester’ King’s Square has been completed and the May bank holiday saw a day of events take place celebrating the long 0verdue £5 million makeover.
The reopening celebrated 50 years after the square was first opened in 1972, and showcased the square as an events space by featuring lighting displays, dance performances and a dramatic high wire walk.
The newly revamped square’s design is based on the Severn Bore, the tidal surge along the River Severn, and its sweeping granite seating areas, water fountains and atmospheric coloured lighting.
Councillor Richard Cook, leader of Gloucester City Council, said: “We are incredibly excited to show our residents and visitors what is possible with the new square’s design which we developed with the help of our residents. As the rest of the Kings Quarter takes shape with the development of the hugely ambitious digital quarter bringing new businesses, bars and restaurants and a four-star hotel, we know the square is going to become a hive of activity and a new destination for Gloucester.”
Esther Croft, Development Director at Reef Group, said: “Creating a sense of place is a critical component of a successful regeneration scheme and we fully expect Kings Square to become the heart of the new Forum community. The square’s renovation has been a collaborative effort and we’d like to thank all our partners and the local community for their part in the shaping a space we can all take pride in. I for one can’t wait to see the square host such a spectacular medley of music and dance. We hope everyone enjoys the event as a showcase for what Gloucester can offer.”