Monday, 11 May 2009

Regent Roof Update

Dedicated followers of Cheltenham DP will know that I have an ongoing obsession with the refurbishment of the Regent Arcade. For those not in the loop, the arcade is the main shopping centre in Cheltenham and for the past 18 months has been undergoing cosmetic surgery, the main procedure being the replacement of the arched poly-plastic roof with a flat glass one. For months now the place has been protected from the elements by plastic sheeting, wooden boards and scaffolding. I managed to sneak this photo and saw that work isn't really progressing.

In the UK we have several home makeover TV shows, the main ones being Grand Designs and Property Ladder. The story of Regent Arcade reminds me of these. The presenters turns up in the spring, the homeowners tell them of their plans. They are asked "how long will it take?" The answer - "we'll be in by Christmas." The presenters revisit at Christmas to find half a house, no roof, rain lashing down, water pouring in and, because the homeowners have no clue what they are doing, they've plastered the walls and put down wooden floors - which are now ruined!

I'll update you next when the glass arrives. Next Christmas!
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8 comments:

Hilda said...

Oh dear. I hope the owners didn't get hit too bad by the recession — maybe that's why the work's going so slowly.

Tricia said...

Oh my goodness! That's quite a long time w/out a home!

I'll look in at Christmas for your update here - but, of course, I'll be back before then though - I don't want to go that long w/o visiting my friend Marley from Cheltenham! hehehe

Your page is one of the blogs I've been visiting the longest - I think I found your page through my brother's page - Brian at Terrell Texas Daily - and been visiting ever since! Plus your kitty's page too!

JM said...

Although this is not the right time to do some shopping, I hope the Arcade will be ready before Christmas...
The biggest mall in this country has just opened doors a couple of days ago! Why do we need another huge one???
Great shot!

Lori said...

Well, we'll expect an update at Christmas time. Maybe they'll surprise you and be back in business by then!

Jackie said...

Hmmm. I'm not convinced a flat glass roof is a brilliant idea - how long before it's covered in splats of bird crap?!

Hyde DP said...

I can't watch those home makeover programs they give me th collywobbles!

Tash said...

I miss the arched arcade...sob, sob...I am hoping that the resulting facelift will be a success.

Babooshka said...

I'm with Jackie. Be good to see the whole series when it's done. Your local papaer might even pick up on this. You never know.

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