Work on Gloucester’s King’s Walk regeneration is now underway, starting with improvement works to King’s Walk car park.
A 22-week programme to increase the number of parking spaces to 263, improve stair and lift access and provide new public toilet facilities on the first floor has now begun.
Due to this improvement programme which has started with cleaning, draining and preparation for re-surfacing, there will be phased temporary closures on different levels of the car park.
The first phase of works means that from today, levels four, five and six are closed and are expected to re-open on 16th August. During this time, there will be no access to Gloucester Guildhall via level four.
There will still be 168 parking spaces available across other levels.
Other levels will close and re-open as follows:
- Level 3 will be closed from 19th August until 6th September with 168 Car park spaces open for use;
- Levels 1 and 2 will be closed from 9th September until 4th October with 193 car park spaces open for use.
The whole car park will then be fully closed for four weeks between 7th October to 8th November to allow for work on the car park entrance, ramps, installation of new signage and a new car park façade.
Alternative car parking is available at Bruton Way NCP car park just one minute drive away, as well as Gloucester City Council-run car parks at Eastgate Centre Rooftop and Station Road, both two minutes’ drive from King’s Walk. There is also Hampden Way and the short-stay car park on Hare Lane South.
The refurbishment, which will mean creating a further 13 car parking spaces, is part of the wider transformation of King’s Walk shopping centre by Reef Group, Gloucester City Council partners and asset managers. It also includes new and remodelled shop fronts and the upgrading of Eastgate Street.
This work is being done in phases to minimise disruption and although the number of spaces will be limited while this is carried out, the aim is to keep the car park accessible for as long as possible.
With the addition of 13 new parking spaces and improved facilities, this will offer long-term benefits to the area.
Anyone accessing King’s Walk car park to find there are no spaces available are informed that there is a 15-minute turnaround time to leave, during which time they will not be charged.