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Riverside at Coal Orchard

Riverside at Coal Orchard is a development of homes, shops, offices, leisure and restaurants built next to the Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton. The Council are regenerating this area to open up the waterfront with a new plaza and steps to the water’s edge, surrounded by contemporary commercial opportunities with quality residential apartments above. There will be one and two bedroom apartments for sale, eight commercial units to lease from 600 square feet to 5,000 square feet. Riverside at Coal Orchard visualisation

There will be 42 short stay car parking spaces (maximum 3 hours) for shoppers/visitors and dedicated, secure bicycle storage for people living in the apartments.

Planning consent was granted on 26 September 2018. The application and supporting documents can be viewed on the Council web site by searching for reference number 38/18/0185.

Project website

You can view Images of the buildings, the plaza and water’s edge features and register your early interest in both the commercial and residential units on the Riverside at Coal Orchard website.

Duration and phasing of the project

February 2021 is the programme that the contractors are working to – the new 42 space car park will also be opened at the end of the programme.

The project will be handed back in two phases:

  • Block D: Sept 2020
  • Rest of site: Feb 2021

Please see the Phasing plan.

During the works

The Council will erect various signage around the site. In addition to publicising local businesses, the signage will indicate access routes for pedestrians and provide details of nearby car parks for shoppers/visitors. The Council will also support the traders with promotions, for example by supporting social media campaigns. The Council’s contractor, Midas, will run regular briefing meetings for traders throughout the project.

Safety during the project

The site must provide an environmental protection barrier for the River Tone and unfortunately it is not possible to retain the footpath at the same time. Midas must also make every endeavour to ensure public Health and Safety throughout the works.

We have received various suggestions regarding Coal Orchard Road. The project team will investigate these further and implement changes where it is practical to do so.

Project updates

The Council’s contractor, Midas, will produce a series of newsletters for the local community and run regular briefing meetings throughout the project. There is also a dedicated email coalorchard@midasgroup.co.uk for queries relating to the construction works.

Coal Orchard newsletter November 2019