Hole in the wall Re­vamp for ar­cade’s en­trance as part of £3mil­lion scheme

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - Robin JENK­INS robin.jenk­[email protected]­plc.com

ONE of the county’s big­gest shop­ping cen­tres has six huge holes in it as the lat­est phase of a £3mil­lion re­vamp scheme takes place.

A large sec­tion of the south­ern half of the Re­gent Ar­cade shop­ping centre in Chel­tenham is un­der­go­ing a big change.

What used to be the Bri­tish Home Stores site is be­ing pre­pared for other uses, in­clud­ing a bou­tique cin­ema and ei­ther shops or restau­rants. A rooftop bar at the site is also planned.

Work on up­dat­ing the Or­mond Place en­trance to the ar­cade is well un­der way and led to a big hole ap­pear­ing in Au­gust.

The void had al­ways been there but was masked by the old en­trance.

It was ex­posed as part of the work to cre­ate a new con­tem­po­rary fa­cade for the Or­mond Place en­trance.

Just around the cor­ner, on the south­ern half of Re­gent Street, the side of the ar­cade now has six big holes in it.

It is part of the plan to open up that part of the shop­ping centre.

A spokes­woman for the ar­cade said: “So that we don’t dis­turb the cin­ema cus­tomers once TIVOLI Cin­ema opens, we are car­ry­ing out preliminar­y works now to pre­pare the open­ings for en­trances and shopfronts within pro­posed restau­rant space, ready for the three new units or shops in Re­gent Street.

“Con­trac­tors are cur­rently tak­ing out the block work from the side of the old BHS unit to cre­ate open­ings for glaz­ing and door­ways, which will be boarded up again un­til the units are let.

“This phase of the work will be com­pleted by the end of next week.

“We hand-de­liv­ered a let­ter in early Au­gust to all of the busi­nesses and homes in the im­me­di­ate vicin­ity of the works ex­plain­ing what was go­ing to be hap­pen­ing.

“We want to be con­sid­er­ate neigh­bours and have al­ways kept lo­cal res­i­dents in­formed at ev­ery stage of work go­ing on at Re­gent Ar­cade.”

She added that the ar­cade was due to hand over the build­ing to TIVOLI Cin­e­mas by the end of Novem­ber.

The new at­trac­tion is due to open in April next year.

We want to be con­sid­er­ate neigh­bours and have al­ways kept res­i­dents in­formed at ev­ery stage

Work is be­ing car­ried out on the Or­mond Place en­trance to the Re­gent Ar­cade in Chel­tenham

How the Or­mond Place en­trance to the Re­gent Ar­cade could soon look

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