The strategic use of soft lighting to enhance a new metal rainscreen cladding system are the latest ideas from developers Reef Group to improve the dated Gloucester King’s Walk Shopping Centre.
The company is currently developing the site, called The Forum, encompassing the Kings Walk Shopping Centre and Kings Square, for the city’s emerging digital and cyber security sector. The Forum will provide a unique offering of new homes, co-working and office space, leisure facilities, retail and F&B – creating a global reaching eco system where individuals and the collective can thrive.
Gloucester City Council gave the go-ahead for this ambitious £107 million plan for King’s Quarter in the city in January last year.
The Forum proposals include more than 125,000 sq ft of new versatile office space with a shared workspace club and an innovation hub designed for emerging cyber businesses and incubator businesses.
This will sit alongside a 131-bedroom four-star hotel, a 9,000 sq ft gym, restaurants, shops, bars and cathedral view apartments. As part of the 600,000 sq ft masterplan for The Forum, there will be a multi-storey car park, alongside over one acre of public realm and landscaping work.
Phase 1 of project began in May after local construction firm E G Carter & Co Ltd was awarded the contract. Phase 2 secured planning permission in April.