Baker Quay Gloucester Rokeby Merchant

Developer Rokeby Merchant is bringing forward the next phase of their Bakers Quay regeneration project in Gloucester – with the restoration of a former malthouse.

The first phase, completed back in 2018, saw the delivery of 47 apartments and 2 commercial units, along with a Premier Inn hotel, Costa Coffee drive-thru and a Beefeater restaurant.

The second phase will see the former Downings Malthouse restored into new apartments and commercial units – utilising the converted buildings with a new-build block alongside them. The buildings have remained derelict for 20 years.

Rokeby Merchant – who’re speaking on our upcoming Historic Buildings Webinar – will look to retain the historic features, restoring them to their former glory.

Although the buildings are in “an advanced state of dis-repair” demolished bricks, cast iron columns and timber beams will be re-used where possible. Infilled windows will be reinstated. Stone cappings and plaques will be retained where they are in usable condition. Existing brickwork will be cleaned and repointed, with graffiti removed. 

The link bridge over Merchants Road, which was removed for safety reasons, will be reinstated and the faded painted signage on the Downings Malthouse Kiln will be refreshed. Exposed brickwork will be a feature of the new apartments following the trend set in the converted warehouses in Gloucester Docks.

Adrian Goodall, Director of Rokeby Merchant Developments and speaking on our Historic Buildings Webinar, said: “Our objective has always been to retain as much of the heritage on site as possible and I hope this document shows the lengths we are going to in order to do so.  The historic features are what help to make this site unique and an attractive place to live and spend leisure time.  We are conscious that we are guardians of these buildings and want to give them a new lease of life for future generations.”

Register for the Historic Buildings Webinar here: https://www.built-environment-networking.com/event/historic-buildings-regenerating/