Gloucester Prison's closure opens up key redevelopment sites
SHUTTING the jail offers a golden opportunity to redevelop a quarter of the city rich in heritage, claim city leaders.
They have been eyeing up the key site, which is fringed by publicly-owned land ripe for redevelopment, for some time.
While the part-Grade II listed prison could be converted into a hotel or flats, its closure also makes redeveloping neighbouring Blackfriars a more attractive proposition.
"We have been looking at major regeneration opportunities at Blackfriars and one major hurdle is the prison next door," said Gloucester Heritage Urban Regeneration Company boss Chris Oldershaw. "With that moving out, it will be much easier to market."
GHURC has considered a combined courts and police building at Blackfriars, and Mr Oldershaw said the prison could be turned in to a hotel, as in Oxford.