Work is starting on transforming part of Taunton’s landmark Market House into a 21st century visitor centre.
The existing Tourist Information Centre (TIC) will be moving into the historic building this summer – and changing its name to become Taunton Visitor Centre.
The centre will share the venue with new restaurant Wildwood and the aim is to have the doors open, ready to welcome visitors by mid-July this year, in time for the Taunton Live festival.
The relocation from the TIC next to Taunton’s main library in Paul Street will help attract even more people to the visitor centre where they will be able to access a wide range of services including travel and tickets plus friendly advice on where to go, where to stay and what to see.
“We are also working with the traders outside the new centre to create a new ‘soft square’ which will encourage people to enjoy this beautiful building in the heart of our county town,” said Andrew Hopkins, Taunton Deane Borough Council’s Business Development Specialist – Marketing and Tourist Information.
The contractors for the project, SWH Build, are part of the Considerate Constructors Scheme that ensures its members respect both the community and the environment.
Richard Towl, Build Manager for SWH Build, said:
“SWH Build is delighted to have been appointed by Taunton Deane Borough Council to carry out the refurbishment works to Market House. We very much look forward to working within the busy trading community over the next few months, while delivering this exciting and prominent project.”