Five key changes you’ll see to The Triangle as part of the Yeovil Refresh public realm improvements
It was recently announced that the highly anticipated transformational refresh changes to the public realm areas of Yeovil town centre are set to begin in the near future following completion of work on final public realm designs.
One of the areas set to see changes to the public realm is The Triangle area which will make the space more attractive to residents, visitors and businesses.
Image above: Artists' impression of how The Triangle could look once work is completed.
We’ve picked out five key changes to the area that you will see once work is completed:
We want to make The Triangle an entertainment area for anyone to enjoy so we will be creating amphitheatre seating around a water feature, raised stage area and large screen. The seating area provides the perfect opportunity for anyone to take a break from shopping and take in the entertainment provided in this area or stop for a bite to eat. We are also going to be providing accessible route access to the area so everyone can enjoy The Triangle.
Focal water feature
Imagine Brewery Square in Dorchester – but better! The Triangle will offer a newly installed water feature in the town centre which can be turned on and off depending on the use of the area. We want this space to feel modern, fresh and fun.
Raised stage area
We are going to be creating a raised stage area so that entertainment can take place at The Triangle. We see this public realm space a key area for people to gather, socialise and have fun whilst in the town. There are many shops and restaurants for people to visit and enjoy and adding entertainment will only enhance the experience in Yeovil town.
You asked, we delivered. During our initial consultation, many people suggested having a big screen for promotion and to use for events. We will be able to display key information to the public whilst also providing a space for people to congregate and watch events. The Triangle will offer the perfect location for this in the town centre.
Natural stone paving and ornamental planting
We can’t just put a fantastic new shiny amphitheatre seating area, water feature and big screen in The Triangle area without making sure that the rest of the public realm area is tidied up as well, so we will be using natural stone paving to fit in with the new facilities provided and also using ornamental planting to bring some greenery to the area.
The public realm enhancement work will change the areas that people move or congregate around and will make areas more attractive to residents, visitors and businesses. There are a total of six areas of the town centre which will see changes including Westminster Street, The Borough, upper Middle Street (including Wine Street), Middle Street (East), Middle Street (West) and The Triangle.
Work is scheduled to start in early February and will be completed in a phased approach over a few years to ensure the town centre can keep running while the construction work is delivered, beginning with Westminster Street.
Throughout the design and consultation stages, businesses and residents have been consulted on what they would like to see and consideration to impacts have been taken into account. Through the build stages, we plan to work with the businesses within the streets to minimise the impacts on them as much as possible.
Councillor Peter Gubbins, executive member for Yeovil Refresh, said: “I’m really excited about the Triangle. This is a space that has been under-utilised for many years as, but now we are going to be providing an area which can be used for many different things and an area which will be attractive and appealing for people to use. We are delivering on what people asked for in this area and can’t wait for it to be finished and fully functioning as a new focal point in the town centre.”
Andrew Clancy, Managing Director of Coreus, who have been working with SSDC on Quantity Surveying, project management support and the public realm designs, said: “As a South Somerset resident, I am so pleased to be supporting SSDC in project and cost management works for the regeneration of Yeovil. The public realm works will regenerate the town and in a post Covid world help attract inward investment and economic development."
Nationally, the old traditional high street idea that town centres are filled with rows and rows of shops is outdated. We want to create an experience where the high street offers a mix of housing, service industry and shops to help counter the effects of online shopping. Multi-stores are starting to decline in town centres and we are increasingly seeing a new norm of bijou style shops, cafes and independent traders.
Clean Air and reduced pollution in town and city centres is becoming increasingly important. As a local authority we have designed a place which strives to improve the air quality in the town centre. We will reduce traffic in the centre of the town which helps improve air quality for residents and visitors; and with Yeovil having an air quality action plan, we can make great strides in ensuring we help to meet our environmental targets in our Environment Strategy.
You can read more about the final public realm designs announcement on our website.
Yeovil Refresh website
We now have a Yeovil Refresh website where you can keep up-to-date with the latest news, view information and images from the projects and read all about the Yeovil Refresh programme. Visit www.yeovilrefresh.co.uk to see for yourself.