Ladybellegate Quay is sited at the north end of the Gloucester Docks, which have undergone large scale regeneration works over the last decade.

The project involves the conversion and extension of two Grade II listed former dock buildings into four restaurant units. The proposals aim to create a lightweight and contemporary addition to the tired dockside façade of the existing buildings, providing additional restaurant and terrace spaces that are at the same time sympathetic to the original listed buildings behind.

A key part of the proposal was to create a focal point to the whole development to draw people to this underused part of the docks, which is created with the simple but striking bronze ‘hoop’ which wraps around the front of one of the extensions. Another vital element to the scheme was to provide improved access and permeability from the city, with new public routes and improved stepped access, and as part of this brief a second, smaller bronze hoop provides a visible gateway to the docks.