What should be done with Gloucester Prison?
The City of Gloucester offers visitors and residents a range of attractions, from its Roman foundations through to the modern Gloucester Quays shopping centre located next to the Victorian docks, home of the National Waterways Museum.
But little is made of its location next to the UK's longest river.
With the announcement that Gloucester Prison will be closing at the end of March, as a city, we now have a great opportunity to look at how a large area of riverside real estate can best be used.
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Ideas circulating in the press are suggesting there is interest from Malmaison to turn the site into a luxury hotel. The company has experience with this type of project and has successfully converted Oxford Jail. However Oxford Jail has some great architecture in its favour with its castle like exterior.
Gloucester prison has been flooded in the past, so any re-development will need to take this into account. But building on the successful re-development of the docks a mix of commercial and residential would offer much needed homes and employment.
What is certain, property in the surrounding area will see an increase in value once any development is completed.
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