20 December 2019
Contractor appointed for King’s Square regeneration project
Gloucester City Council has appointed a preferred contractor for the multi-million pound regeneration of King’s Square.
Midas Construction, part of the Midas Group, one of the UK's largest independent construction and property services providers, has been selected following a competitive tender process.
It will undertake a two-stage design and build commission, with preparations put in place ahead of any building work, should plans for the square’s transformation be given the go-ahead.
The first stage will commence in January 2020 to finalise the project scope and design ahead of the construction phase.
Councillor Paul James, Gloucester City Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economy, said: “The transformation of Kings Square is something people in Gloucester have been eagerly awaiting for a long time and now it is starting to become a reality, with a £5 million budget approved and initial enabling works already having taken place.”
“With the appointment of Midas, we have a trusted construction partner with a wealth of experience in delivering a project of this scale and size.”
The initial phase of work will involve site readying works and further surveys of the square alongside identifying costs of suppliers and materials.
The second phase will be the delivery of the build work required which will include new feature fountains - inspired by the Severn Bore - to create a new landmark for Kings Square.
Midas Construction is regionally based and delivers projects across the South West, Wales and the south of England spanning retail, education, residential and commercial developments. It is already working on the major redevelopment of Gloucester’s King’s Walk shopping centre and car park.
Derek Quinn, Executive Director at Midas Construction, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to continue our partnership with Gloucester City Council in the transformation of this key area for the city.”
Plans have been submitted by Gloucester City Council as part of the next stage of Gloucester’s Kings Quarter transformation, featuring proposals for new homes, office space, restaurants and shared workspace in the heart of the city.
They are expected to be considered in March 2020 and if approved, will see a number of buildings in the city centre replaced with 150 homes (including homes for key workers in the city), 40,000 square feet of office space and new shops, bars and eateries.
Earlier this year, images were released showing how the space could be used during the day and night, with cultural activities, live performances and pop up markets.
Michael Grubb Studio, the creative vision behind high-profile projects such as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Twickenham Stadium Gateways was selected to create lighting to brighten the area and protect its newly welcoming atmosphere into the evening.
Novell Tullett has led the design of the Kings Square, supported by AHR and AECOM. The defining sculptural edge of the square has been designed by internationally renowned George King Architects (GKA) whose founder hails from Gloucester.