It is a challenging development seeking to preserve and capture as much retained heritage as possible, yet assemble an economically viable and fundable development. Several months were spent seeking to work up a complementary development of old and new accommodation, in consultation with Gloucester City Council, Historic England and conservation groups. Work commenced in January 2017 and Phase 1 was completed in August 2018. Ph2 has now commenced with work on the Downing’s warehouse. Practical completion is expected in the summer 2022 followed by the Malthouse Extension and Transit Shed, the final part of the development.
- Provender Mill: 47 new build residential apartments and 5,339 sqft of ground floor restaurant accommodation
- Premier Inn: new build 104 bedroom hotel for Premier Inn and conversion of the Engine Shed to a 5,634 sqft Beefeater restaurant
- Costa Coffee : new build café and drive-thru
- The Downing’s : conversion to 42 residential apartments over 17,963 sqft of restaurant accommodation overlooking an extended Merchants Road
- The Malthouse : conversion to 72 residential apartments
- The Transit Shed: rebuild and extended to provide 3,100 sqft canal side restaurant space
Provender is the first residential building to be completed, re-built after an arson attack and comprising 47 new apartments and 5,339 sqft café/ restaurant accommodation on the ground floor. Works were completed in August 2018, preceded by the four cottages at the end of 2017.
The design of the building was agreed with Historic England and the Local Planning Authority as a sensitive, contemporary replacement to the former warehouse which sat on the site.
Built to the same dimensions, complete with elevator shaft overhanging the canal, the brick gable ends were built as complete replicas to the original building, with new cladding facades and balconies to the main building frontages.