Construction and Infrastructure

New waterside restaurant will retain historic heritage

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 13 July 2020 8:51

New waterside restaurant will retain historic heritage

A new waterfront terraced restaurant could be built as part of a multi-million-pound redevelopment plan for some of Gloucestershire's most historic buildings. 

We are talking about redevelopment of the remaining derelict listed red-brick and timber buildings alongside the Gloucester to Sharpness canal. 

This is Quays specialist developer Rokeby Merchant Developments’s new set of plans for the 19th Century Transit Shed at Bakers Quay, part of its £30 million phase two of a scheme which would all but complete the redevelopment of the waterfront strip.

Adrian Goodall, a director of Rokeby Merchant, the company driving the project, said: “We want to create a terraced restaurant at the heart of Bakers Quay, south facing and overlooking the canal. We believe it will be a popular addition to the amenities enjoyed at Bakers Quay.” 

The Grade II-listed Transit Shed, between the Provender building (think of the Costa Coffee, and Premier Inn Hotel sites) and the Malthouse, was built in 1867 by the Midland Railway Company, but is now on the building at risk register. 

According to the design and access statement submitted with the new planning application – a revised scheme reflecting the changing economic climate - “given the poor and dangerous condition that the building is now in, it is unlikely that it could form any part of any future development proposal without being fully dismantled and repaired prior to any restoration”.

The work will compliment other grand plans already afoot just back from the waterfront at nearby Downings Malthouse where plans are already underway for new apartments and commercial units in the converted buildings and a new-build block alongside them.

This part of the scheme has involved extensive work to save as much of the original structure as possible and is ongoing with the building currently shrouded in scaffolding.

Mr Goodall, said: “Our objective has always been to retain as much of the heritage on site as possible and I hope this document shows the lengths we are going to in order to do so. 

“The historic features are what help to make this site unique and an attractive place to live and spend leisure time. 

“We are conscious that we are guardians of these buildings and want to give them a new lease of life for future generations.” 

The design and access statement acknowledges “the proposals denote significant changes to this listed building”, it also argues “the design team feels that it represents the best opportunity to successfully showcase the key features of this building whilst also providing a realistic and vibrant use for this much disused building”. 

Phase one of the masterplan was summed up as a £20 million project which created 47 apartments and two commercial units in the new Provender building, a 104-bed Premier Inn hotel, a drive thru Costa Coffee outlet and a Beefeater restaurant in a restored Engine House. It was completed in Summer 2018.

Read more: Gloucester Quays developer sets out new £30 million scheme.