Architect Feilden Clegg Bradley behind work at building whose former inmates include serial killer Fred West
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has won planning permission for its redevelopment of HMP Gloucester, which will deliver 202 new city-centre homes across retained listed buildings and new-build.
Its proposals, for developer City & Country Group, will see 38 new homes delivered in grade II and grade II* listed parts of the 19th century building, designed by Thomas Fulljames, which is adjacent to the city’s Historic Docks Quarter and Cathedral Quarter.
FCBS said “inappropriate low-quality buildings and extensions would be removed” and a further 164 homes delivered in seven new blocks of up to six storeys within the walls of the decommissioned prison.
The scheme will also bring almost 500 sq m of new commercial space and see the refurbishment of a former chapel at the centre of the site. Public realm elements include revealing and presenting the remains of the medieval Gloucester Castle discovered under the prison exercise yard.
FCBS partner Richard Collis said the Gloucester scheme had been “very complex” and required sensitivity for the retained historic buildings and “high quality designs” for the new-build element.
“We are very proud to have received these statutory consents for our designs, and congratulate City & Country for the boldness of their development vision,” he said.
FCBS has previously collaborated with City & Country on the redevelopment of the Grade II-listed former HMP Kingston in Portsmouth, which won planning permission in 2016.
City & Country is also the developer for the Purcell’s residential redevelopment of Dorchester Gaol, which won planning permission from West Dorset District Council last year.
Serial killer Fred West was held on remand at the prison with other former inmates including Irish politican and writer Arthur Griffith who founded political party Sinn Féin.