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News article created on 24 June 2015

New lease of life for old Gloucester Docks

Gloucester Docks is leading the way when it comes to heritage-friendly development, as Wetherspoons is set to become the second bar to take over one of the docks’ distinctive buildings.

The building, leased from the Canal & River Trust, is the latest to be transformed under a new development scheme that sees heritage buildings restored and repurposed for the modern age, whilst retaining their unique character.

Gloucester Docks, once the deepest and widest in the world, opened in 1812, and remain a key part of the city’s industrial history, as well as being the setting for popular events like the recent Tall Ships festival.

Previous successes of the scheme include the Gloucester Brewery site, which saw the opening of a new bar, TANK, incorporating the Grade II listed Llanthony Bridgekeeper’s House, creating a unique experience bringing together the character of the Docks with craft beer.  

Fantastic place to visit 

Aiden Johnson-Hugill, development manager at the Canal & River Trust, said: “Gloucester Docks is a fantastic place to visit, and the character of the warehouses and buildings around the water is a huge part of that. By finding new uses for these buildings while keeping their unique style we hope to ensure the Docks will thrive for years to come.

“It’s not just about filling the area with pubs, we’re working with landowners and tenants to keep the area special, and looking at what else we can do to encourage development that really adds to the feel of the place. We’re excited to see what other opportunities might come up.”

Future projects currently in discussion include redevelopment of the car park off Llanthony Road into a new public piazza along with the regeneration of West Quay.