Gloucester City Council is starting work on improving the ‘public realm’ north of Victoria Basin at Gloucester Docks.

As part of the council’s continued efforts to improve the public realm within the city, work will start on transforming the area outside the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum.

The work will include turning the steps from Commercial Road into a new “grand staircase”, as well as new paving, lighting and street furniture. There will also be an enhanced event arena in Back Badge Square which already hosts parades and seasonal events and will now have better viewing and seating areas.

These extensive works to the public realm are to be managed by the L&R Group, owners of the adjacent Ladybellegate Quay development and are due to be completed in October 2017. The project is designed to improve the links between the docks and quays and the city centre.

Funding for the project was generated by the council selling buildings it owned in the area which it had acquired from the former Regional Development Agency.  The funding generated from the sale of these properties is ring-fenced for regeneration projects.

Cllr Paul James Leader of Gloucester City Council said: “This is a really important project, which is designed to draw people to the north end of the docks and to help the proposed Ladybellegate Quay restaurant development go ahead.

“It will help create a better link between the docks and the city centre and will add to the huge amount of work that is on site in the city at the moment, including the student accommodation at the Barbican site.

“This year we are seeing a huge physical change to Gloucester for the better.”

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