St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, and developer of Taunton’s Langford Mead site is working with Somerset County Council on the construction of two buildings to form a new Heritage Centre to store some of Somerset’s Historical Artefacts.
The two new bespoke buildings comprise 30,785 sq ft and 45,037 sq ft, respectively and are due for completion in 2010. They are part of an overall plan to also expand the museum in Taunton, preserve historical items in a specifically designed and controlled environment and to allow wider public access to Somerset’s History.
Langford Mead is the £100 million redevelopment of a former industrial estate and MoD site and is one of the largest and most significant commercial construction projects to be developed in Taunton for at least ten years. Of the final 240,00 sq ft of commercial space to be built on site (in addition to 550 residential dwellings), over 135,000 sq ft of this has already been committed to tenants and purchasers at the development.
Somerset County Council is working closely with St. Modwen on the design and development of the two buildings. Due to the preservation requirements of housing historical artefacts and archives for the long-term, temperature control and atmospheric conditions are important considerations.
Ian Guy, senior development manager, St. Modwen says: “This is a unique project which will ultimately benefit the local community and we’re delighted that the Council has selected Langford Mead as the ideal location for the storage of these important items.
“We’re working closely with the Museum and Records team, as well the Somerset County Council property team, to ensure that the premises meet the unique uses to be housed there.”
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Ian Guy continues:
“With more than 135,000 sq ft of space already either under-construction, or due to start by the end of January 2009, Langford Mead will become one of the largest and most significant commercial construction projects to be developed in Taunton for at least ten years. Our commitment to the site has always been long-term and progress of the site in the short term next year looks extremely positive”.
Langford Mead offers commercial freehold and leasehold space ranging from 5000 sq ft to 100,000 sq ft and 40,000 sq ft of the total 200,000 sq ft proposed on site is currently under construction.
Humberts acted on behalf of St. Modwen.
Notes to Editors:
St. Modwen’s £100 million redevelopment project at Langford Mead is situated on a former Ministry of Defence storage depot site which played a major role in supplying the North European Campaign in the Second World War. It has existed as an industrial park since the 1960s which is slowing being demolished by St. Modwen to make way for the new 15 acre Langford Mead Business Park within this 65 acre mixed use development.
St. Modwen Properties plc
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