Main contractors Cowlin Construction for Crest Nicholson south west
A five-storey block on the north side of the Barge Arm was designed to provide 67 one and two-bedroom apartments with two retail units on the ground floor. A long building to the east of the Barge Arm was designed to have 17 apartments and four commercial units with a 256-space four-level car park behind. The designs by Edward Cullinan Architects specified the use of natural, sustainably resourced materials and energy-saving technology, including water-conserving plumbing, effective insulation and home-working facilities. The plans were approved by Gloucester city planning committee on 5 Oct 2004.
Cowlin Construction started preparing the site to the north of the Barge Arm in December 2004 and soon uncovered some stone sleeper blocks of an 1820s horse operated tramroad. Meanwhile demolition contractors L A Moore started taking down the former Gloucester Sack Works building to the east of the Barge Arm.
By early June 2005, the structure of the ground and first floors of the apartments to the north of the Barge Arm were complete, and work was well advanced on the multi-storey car park to the east of the Barge Arm.
The apartments and multi-storey car park to the east of the Barge Arm were completed in August 2006, and the apartments to the north of the Barge Arm were finished in October 2006.