A TEMPORARY pontoon has been put in place beside a multi-million development being built near the centre of Taunton.

It will allow work to be carried out on the edge of the River Tone at the Coal Orchard scheme.

Cllr Marcus Kravis, executive member for economic development at Somerset West and Taunton Council, said: "Midas Construction currently have a pontoon moored alongside the development site on the River Tone for use as a platform to enable any works on the rivers’ edge.

"This is a temporary structure to provide access to the river bank plus extra space and safety during this phase of the development.”

The project is progressing, despite the deadline being put back a number of months following the first Covid-19 lockdown.

Mace, which is responsible for the development, recently said it aimed to complete by May next year.

The scheme includes homes, shops, offices, leisure and restaurants.

The development will open up the waterfront with a new plaza and steps to the river.

There will be one and two bedroom apartments for sale and eight commercial units to lease from 600 square feet to 5,000 square feet.

The development is being carried out on the former car park and the old swimming baths in St James Street.

Cllr Kravis added: "Coal Orchard is an important site in our town centre regeneration plans reflecting our aspirations for growth in keeping with our Garden Town status.

"It forms a vital link in a chain of developments connecting the railway station directly to the established town centre, bringing new vitality to the area and putting the River Tone at the heart of Taunton.

"The detailed plans to regenerate one of Taunton’s prime riverside quarters include a mix of apartments, retail, workspace, and restaurants; and incorporate a riverfront plaza with a stepped terrace to make the most of its position on the River Tone.

"The regeneration project is being delivered by our contractor Midas Construction which received a Certificate of Excellence from the Considerate Constructors Scheme for its care and respect towards the community, the environment, the site appearance and work force at Coal Orchard."