Gloucester learns lessons from world's ugly buildings
UGLY buildings the world over have been transformed into modern gems – and Gloucester is next in line.
Plans are afoot to spend £150,000 on transforming four city centre buildings.
Gloucester City Council was inspired by projects in Sheffield and Germany.
Solar panels were used on a building in Germany to hide an unattractive facade. A similar scheme is proposed for the Longsmith multi-storey car park, which would generate £12,000 in income per year.
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An alternative to the solar panels could be a 'green wall' with creeping plants growing up the sides of the car park.
Another place of inspiration was the Park Hill estate in Sheffield, whose tower blocks were once a dull grey. Multi-coloured cladding on balconies has given the area a new lease of life. It is nominated for a top design award.
Planning officer, Meyrick Brentnall, said: "Cladding involves covering the building with a material that is considered more attractive."
Cladding is being proposed for the King's Walk car park, while public art could be used on the Wilkinson building, in Northgate Street, and the building which is home to Paddy Power and B&M Bargains, in Southgate Street. City council leader Paul James referred to the buildings as "1960s and 70s eyesores".
Jason Robinson, centre manager at The Eastgate shopping centre, said: "There are definitely areas of the city that will benefit and it is great to see that funding may potentially be made available.
"It would be good if we can use areas of the centre for such a scheme. However, we require further information."
Barry Leach, from the Gloucester City Centre Community Partnership, said: "I have seen what they did in Sheffield. It works very well."
The plans are expected to be approved on September 11.