Gloucester Quays have responded to reports that the top floor of the shopping centre won’t be turned into a soft play area as originally planned.
Despite work continuing to install two new escalators to the upper floor, it was reported that they would not now lead to the ‘adventure centre’ promised in the planning application which was approved last summer.
However a spokesperson for Gloucester Quays has said that this is not strictly the case.
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The plan was for a 15,000sqft soft play area with an associated cafe, although the terms of the planning permission allow anything that falls under an ‘assembly and leisure’ category.
A spokesperson said that the details have not yet been confirmed and “it’s all still in dicussions”.
However they did confirm that the venue will be a “family leisure attraction” which could be a soft play area depending on which operator takes it on.
Although it is not yet known what will occupy the top floor, which has not so far been accessible to the public, previous plans never brought to fruition have included using it for private functions and exhibitions, and in 2015 it was briefly due to become the new home of Gloucester Antiques Centre before that moved instead into Westgate Street.
In the original proposal for the soft play centre, planning documents said: “The likely end user will be a soft play adventure centre.
“It is anticipated it will include a reception area, cafeteria, party rooms and ancillary accommodation including customer toilets, facilities for disabled staff/customers and store rooms.”
It was due to be staffed by 10-15 people and had a proposed capacity of 350 people.
The escalators are still being installed after work began on them last year and the cut-through area linking the two sides of the lower floor remains blocked off.
Work has also started on installing automatic doors at the two High Orchard Street entrances, next to Gap and Hawes & Curtis.
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