South West Business - 08 July 2015
Empty cells at Gloucester Prison will be opened to the public as part of a consultation on its future use.
Hundreds of families and former workers visited the prison in May to share their thoughts on what should happen to the building.
It was also a rare opportunity for people to walk the eerily-deserted corridors, empty rooms and the exercise yard.
Now, more people will be able to visit the 220 year old building when its new owner City and Country presents its early designs.
Helen Moore, Managing Director of development company, said: “We have now evaluated the invaluable feedback we received following the first public consultation. This has helped to shape our initial ideas on how best to reuse the prison buildings and we look forward to presenting these to the community later this month.”
City and Country, a development group specialising in the conversion of listed and historic buildings for commercial and residential uses, is working on its plans.
They are likely to be mixed-use schemes including housing development with assisted living units, plus shops and social amenity areas.
Previous suggestions for the site have included homes, a museum and a hotel complex.
The second round of public consultation takes place at the former Gloucester Prison on Thursday July 16 from 3pm – 8.00pm.
Visitors will be able to get into a section of the jail where up to 320 inmates were held until March 2013, when it closed.
They will then be able to provide further feedback on the designs and ideas presented at this stage before City and Country submits a planning application later this year.
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