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East Quay Build Update - June

The building is now really taking shape. The ground floor is looking good, with most windows and doors fitted on the ground and first floor buildings. The ground floor gallery now has its internal walls lined ready for finishing.

Higher up the building, the accommodation pods fit out has now started. This work is being carried out by architect makers PEARCE+Fægen, who have designed each of the five pods to reflect Watchet in some way and who will complete the construction. There will be an object exchange pod where visitors are encouraged to add to the collection of found objects that has a memory attached to them from their stay and take an object as a memento of their stay. There'll be a stories pod (pictured) where each wall is etched with drawings of Watchet's past, present and future, a participatory pod which will be curated by an artist in residence and will encourage visitors to continue adding to the artwork. A luxury industrial pod where you can enjoy a bath looking out of an enormous window to the stars, and a playful pod which will have a cargo net hammock to relax in.

This week we had a robot installing the windows for the gallery and shop windows on the ground floor (pictured) which thankfully went very well.

With huge thanks to our all our design team for their incredible hard work on this project; Midas Group, Ellis Williams, Invisible Studio, PEARCE+Fægen, Momentum Engineers, Troup Bywaters + Anders, LT Studio and MEA Clark.

We will open as soon as we can in the summer holidays and we will have a full day of celebration on Saturday 4th September. This event will likely need to be ticketed if Covid restrictions are still in place, so please RSVP if you would like to come so we can send you a ticket.

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