£3m Arts Culture Hub Proposed for Gloucester

Monday, 28th May 2012
    An interesting project proposed for a £3million state of the art building design could make Gloucester a hub for culture and arts. Businessman Saqib Rasul has launched a bid to transform old buildings between the Picturedrome Theatre and his business, the Vauxhall Supermarket, into “The Barton Box”.  The proposal, which would also include redevelopment of the Picturedrome, includes plans for a restaurant and cafe, music studio, open-air theatre, an art gallery, museum and book shop.     Mr Rasul said his landlord had agreed to redevelop the site, but he wanted people across Gloucestershire to get involved. He said the “Box” would provide a hub for the county’s creative industries, and added it would be great for Barton. He said: “This could regenerate Barton to a really high level and people really love the idea. A lot of groups are closing down because of cuts, but if there is one central hub for them, it’s cheaper for everyone.”     Rowena Davies, from the Gloucester Operatic and Dramatic Society, said: “If it’s opening up to all societies it will be an absolutely ideal situation for us, it would be brilliant. At the moment, it just costs too much to hire the Picturedrome.”