Gloucester's 'ugly' buildings could get 'glamour' cladding

Computer generated graphic showing cladding on the Kings Walk shopping arcade, Gloucester Image copyright Astam
Image caption Different types of cladding allow the facade of the building to change colour

Gloucester's "ugly" buildings could be given a make-over using modern cladding ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

The city council has set aside £150,000 to transform four high-profile buildings - with Kings Walk shopping arcade identified as the first.

The technique involves attaching patterned, textured panels, which can change colour, onto the buildings.

A council spokesman said the idea is to transform less glamorous buildings from "ugly ducklings to very fine swans".

Image copyright Astam
Image caption The city council has set aside £150,000 for four high profile buildings to be given a facelift

The council's cabinet is due to consider a report on the plans later in spring.

Four world cup matches will be played at Gloucester's Kingsholm stadium.

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