Work begins on Gloucester city center rooftop restaurant, bar and hotel –

Construction company Kier will begin work on the next phase of the Forum in Gloucester in March 2022, with the project set to ‘transform’ the city center and create jobs.
Construction company Kier will begin work in March 2022 on a 130-room four-star hotel, rooftop restaurant, bar, conference room, 9,000 square foot wellness center and health club. members in Gloucester city centre.

The works are the second phase of Gloucester City Council and Reef Group’s The Forum project – a £107million digital and technology district adjacent to King’s Square.

Kier, who has a major base in Quedgeley, will also set up an ‘on-site learning centre’ at Nem House in Clarence Street, next to Kings Walk shopping center, to provide training and employment opportunities to the local community .

Andy Bolas, Regional Director for Kier Construction Western & Wales, said: “We look forward to delivering this flagship digital center which is set to be a beacon for technology and cybersecurity businesses in the South West.

“Over 85% of the project team are based in Gloucestershire, which means we will use our local knowledge, skills and supply chain partners to deliver this project.”

Councilor Richard Cook, Leader of the City Council, said: “Kier’s appointment represents an important step in bringing the Forum to the fore and realizing our vision of Gloucester as a hub for the digital and cyber sectors.
“As well as attracting new investment to the city, the Forum will be an inspiring and engaging place for residents and visitors alike, completely transforming what was once a tired part of the city.”

Gloucester-based construction company EG Carter & Co Ltd is currently working on the first phase of the project, which includes 43 one, two and three bedroom apartments; cafes, bars and restaurants at street level; as well as 5,000 square feet of retail space to be occupied by Tesco.

In October 2021, the project won £5m of government leveling funds to support The Forge – described as a high-tech ‘incubator’ center for fledgling tech and digital businesses based in the UK Forum.

Completion of the first phase is expected by fall 2022 and the entire project by the end of summer 2024.

By Andrew Merrel

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Monday, February 14, 2022

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