Laser survey guides the way for historic Fleece Hotel’s restoration by Kate | Gloucester News Centre - http://gloucesternewscentre.co.uk/
A 3D laser survey and record of The Fleece Hotel is being created to get a better understanding of the history of the site and to ensure it is preserved for future generations.
The former hotel is part of Gloucester’s wonderful heritage, containing a 15th century timber-framed inn, standing above a 12th century tunnel vaulted undercroft. The site was acquired by Gloucester City Council from the former Regional Development Agency.
The council has undertaken various works to stabilise and secure the buildings and demolish the more recent additions, but is now moving on to the next stage in the site’s restoration.
Gloucester City Council is working with Butler Hegarty Architects to get an up to date record of the site of the site, to understand its condition and the potential cost of bringing it back into use. Included in the work, architects will do a 3D laser survey of the 12th century undercroft, known as the Monk’s Retreat, which is believed to be the finest example of its kind in Europe.
The work is being done to derisk the site for potential investors by quantifying the level of work needed to bring the historic buildings back into use. The council is looking to see the site redeveloped as part of the regeneration of the Blackfriars area. The Council continues to hold discussions with interested parties on the future of the site, but this survey is seen as crucial in taking that interest forward.
The work, which will cost in the region of £100,000, is funded entirely by a government grant secured by the city council through the Local Enterprise Partnership, GFirst.
The overall aim is to bring The Fleece site back into use to contribute towards the ongoing regeneration of the city, increasing investment and providing more jobs.
David Owen, chief executive of GFirst LEP, said: “It is a really positive step for the regeneration of Gloucester and the Blackfriars area with work at this historic site now beginning to take place. We look forward to hearing more about the future investment and job creation from this exciting regeneration project.”
Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council, said: “We are only too aware that The Fleece has been sat vacant for far too long.
“It is a challenging site to bring back into use, with many constraints due to the various heritage buildings, but we also see this as a great opportunity. It is vital that we do this work to help inform prospective investors. I look forward to seeing plans for this site come forward once this work is complete.
“We are grateful to the Government and the Local Enterprise Partnership, GFirst, who share our view on the importance of this site and have made available the money to us. This is a positive step forward in bringing The Fleece back into use and regaining its place at the heart of life in the city.”
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