Public Realm

Yeovil town centre is set to receive highly anticipated transformational refresh changes to the public realm.

 

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.

This slideshow shows artist's impressions of how the public realm areas in Yeovil town centre should look following completion of the work.

Our video is a fly through of Yeovil town centre and shows how all of the public realm work will connect and make the area a complete town centre. 

The Yeovil Refresh programme aims to create a town centre that will be a vibrant place to live, work, shop, learn and visit, with a number of key projects being delivered as part of the work.

 

As part of that work, we have been looking at how the public spaces (public realm) can be improved to enhance the experience in the town centre for everyone.

 

Designs have focussed on reducing clutter in the town centre and making the areas more appealing for people to visit. For example, The Triangle will see a complete transformation and could become a central focal area for visitors to congregate and enjoy activities.

Westminster Street

This key gateway into the town centre is heavily used. We want to ensure that when people first step into the town, they see something they like, they find it appealing and want to come back to Yeovil because of the pleasant experience.

The High Street

The High Street is a symbolic and historic area of the town centre of Yeovil and we want to open this space up more and reduce traffic flow so that pedestrians feel safe in this area. Works to this area also include the clock tower. 

 

The Borough

This area is highly used area and we see a lot of people congregate here. We want to open this space up more to create a friendlier environment and we can only really do that by relocating the bus stops to a different area of the town centre so people can feel a lot safer.

Middle Street

Middle Street is a real pedestrian heavy route through the town centre and we see hundreds, if not thousands of people use this area of the town centre on a daily basis. Widening the pavements will assist with people feeling much safer in this area.

The Triangle

This area of town has the potential to make the greatest impact on the appearance of the town centre and help rejuvenate the lower end of town. 

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.

Lower Middle Street

Lower Middle Street has plenty of opportunities for it and with the work that The Martin Group will be doing on Glovers Walk, this could be a real great asset and fantastic area for Yeovil.

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Westminster Street

Final public realm design for Westminster Street in Yeovil town centre.