Four schemes for Watchet
We have taken all the ideas from the community consultations and come up with four proposals that we think will build a stronger future for Watchet and make the difference local people hope for. We have been exploring in detail all of these ideas through business planning, to see if the ideas could be financially resilient. We will look to take all the schemes forward in the fullness of time, however our current funding will pay for architects drawings for two schemes, therefore we have decided to take forward the Boat Museum and East Quay proposals in the first instance. We have appointed Invisible Studio and Louise Crossman Architects to create concept drawings for these schemes. Find out more here
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East Quay, workspace and cultural development
A lively workspace development of small modular, flexible workshops, hackspace and studios providing visitors with the chance to see and visit makers at work. A bijou, but high quality gallery and harbourside restaurant or cafe, all within a performance orientated public space setting. This development would aim to complement the marina and the marine industries workspace.
Start-up incubation spaces, small workshop units, apprentiships, business support hub, hackspace, training allotments, co-working space.
Expanded Contains Art, 10+ artist studios / workshops, exhibition and gallery space, permanent Echoes Somerset? Outdoor performance space
Destination restaurant, cafe/bar, live work units, self catering units.
Memorial Ground, community and youth development
A purpose built community space, including multi-use community hall, youth club facilities and a community cafe. This development would make the most of its idyllic setting and meet the expressed needs of the community.
Multi use community hall, performance space, sports facility / gym, cinema, events space, community cafe, community bakery.
Boat Museum / The Cross, tourism and civic development
A modernised but authentic boat museum that clearly signals the maritime heritage of the town. The development would attract visitors arriving both by road and rail and also serve to draw people to the top end of Swain Street and improve the 'flow' of people around the town. There would also be the potential for co-location of civic and tourist information space.
Boat Museum enhancement, glass atrium, engraved glass window, tourist information? Visitor centre (geology / coast)
Cross area enhancement, lead people to top end of Swain Street, public space enhancement, sign posting and information, encourage 'flow',
Coast footpaths and pathway development
A unique coastal walk and pathways development that draws visitors and improves accessibility. The development would celebrate the coast, geology and heritage of Watchet through sensitive but bold landscape design.
Improved footpaths, improved coastal paths, create walking links, viewing platforms, improved public space.