The grand opening of the fountain in 2022 marked a momentous occasion in Gloucester’s history as it celebrated the 50th anniversary of the iconic Kings Square. This new addition to the city’s landscape became the centrepiece of a major urban development project in the bustling city centre, further enhancing its appeal and charm. Ocmis worked alongside Reef Group and Gloucester City Council during the concept design, with Ocmis then being contracted to E.G. Carter for installation.
With its remarkable design and captivating features, the fountain quickly became a beloved attraction among locals and tourists alike. The 29 arching jets of water complete with lighting creates a mesmerizing display that perfectly complements the surrounding environment. As water gracefully dances through the air, blending harmoniously with the surrounding environment which has been designed based on the Severn Bore, a tidal surge along the river.
The fountain’s popularity has soared since its inauguration, drawing a continuous stream of visitors to the heart of Gloucester. Families, couples, and friends gather around the fountain, finding joy in watching the water dance and playfully interacting with the whimsical jets. The rhythmic sounds of water splashing created a soothing ambiance that provided respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life.
Furthermore, the fountain’s presence played a significant role in revitalizing the city centre. The square has become a vibrant gathering place where people could come together to appreciate the arts, engage in cultural events, or simply relax and enjoy the serene surroundings.
Ocmis were proud to attend the opening event in 2022, commissioning a unique fountain show for the day, with the celebration featuring lighting displays, dance performances, live music and a dramatic high-wire walk. The event proved hugely successful bringing many people to the new city centre.
The plantroom for the system is installed underground in old public toilets. The water recirculates to reduce the need for additional water. A below ground tank allows the features to drain down when not in use without wasting the water. There is an automatic filtration and treatment system that ensures the water is safe, and the display pumps are controlled through a bespoke control centre allowing simple control and the ability to run shows, written by Ocmis.