Outline planning consent has been given for a mix of office, hotel and residential accommodation and supporting waterfront leisure and retail outlets at Firepool. Work to prepare the site for development will start in the spring.
Proposals currently being investigated for the site include a multi-purpose convention centre aimed at catalysing commercial innovation and collaboration.
This innovation centre would be a highly digitally enabled facility, combining flexible office space and meeting rooms with a set of collaboration, learning and socialisation spaces. Fully equipped for on-site functions, the centre would also provide larger spaces for workshops and investor events – the perfect expansion environment for businesses where digital innovation and geospatial data are growth catalysts.
The Council is working closely with key partners to develop a business case for the project and to seek support from the Government and others to take it forward, strengthening the development of Taunton as a “smart Garden Town” and regional hub for digital innovation and skills.