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Open air performance space built

Brewhouse artwork
The first art project will light up the roof of the Brewhouse

A new open space in the centre of Taunton is being created as part of a wider plan to regenerate the town.

The new Somerset Square development outside The Brewhouse theatre and arts centre will be a place for public art, eating out and entertainment.

The area outside the theatre will be transformed with new paving, outdoor seating and planters.

New flats and a restaurant which are being built next to the square are due to be finished by November.

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Ian Franklin, of Project Taunton, said: "Somerset Square will be the first new public space in Taunton for a long time.

"It's the perfect riverside location for art installations, live performances and eating out. We're now looking forward to its official opening in time for Christmas."

The first exhibition planned for the new square will be by artist Simon Lee Dicker, who will light up The Brewhouse roof.

Complementing this will be a glass installation by glass blower Will Shakspear.

The Somerset Square development is one of a number of projects taking place along the River Tone, from Firepool through to Longrun Meadows.

They are all designed to improve accessibility to the river with better footpaths, cycle routes and landscaping.

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