Gloucester Quays was a new joint waterside shopping and leisure destination with an outlet centre located in the historic docks. Surrounding attractions included a waterways museum, antiques centre and nearby cathedral.
This imaginative and visionary scheme provided an attractive environment for residents and has become a major destination for shoppers and tourists. The colourful heritage of the Quays has been preserved and enhanced, blending the contemporary design of new buildings.
The 60 acre, £400 million development provides over 150,000 sq m (1.6 million sq ft) of floorspace. Phase one of the development opened in May 2009 and now has over 50 stores and restaurants.
Phase two saw the expansion of the Gloucester Quays Outlet Centre to create a new leisure and shopping quarter called The Quayside. The new £60m quarter includes 11 restaurants, a 10-screen, 1,600-seat cinema and new shops. This has also meant the creation of 500 new jobs.
The most recent phase involved the cinema project with a contract value of £5.8 million and included a major remodeling of an existing steel framed building to accommodate an 11 screen cinema at first floor level. The roof of the building was raised and the new first floor was extended over an existing single storey building, maintaining the existing façade where possible.