More announcements on the way for Barnstaple’s Anchorwood Bank development

Work is progressing on the retail units at Barnstaple’'s Anchorwood Bank. Picture: Andy Keeble
Work is progressing on the retail units at Barnstaple’'s Anchorwood Bank. Picture: Andy Keeble

Key riverside site set to undergo further large-scale transformation in 2018

Work is progressing on the retail units at Barnstaple’'s Anchorwood Bank. Picture: Andy Keeble Work is progressing on the retail units at Barnstaple’'s Anchorwood Bank. Picture: Andy Keeble

Work to open the first retail and restaurant units at Barnstaple’s Anchorwood Bank is progressing ‘as planned’ – according to developers.

Wessex Investors say the construction of the new Next and DFS stores, and Frankie and Benny’s and Chiquito restaurants, is due to be completed in March, with opening planned for early summer.

Work is progressing on the retail units at Barnstaple’'s Anchorwood Bank. Picture: Andy Keeble Work is progressing on the retail units at Barnstaple’'s Anchorwood Bank. Picture: Andy Keeble

And Wessex say they expect to be able to reveal details about a new retail and café/restaurant tenant in January or February, along with details about future plans for the Oliver Buildings.

Project spokesperson Lucie Brailsford said: “We hope, in the first couple of months, to announce a partnership to develop the Oliver Buildings and showcase plans for them in quarter one next year, probably March.

“It’s a complicated site and we want to create a landmark building,” she added.

The key riverside site is set to undergo more large-scale transformation in 2018, with work to lay the foundations for the first of 172 new homes at the site set to start in January.

Construction will begin from the centre of the river-fronted area of the site, working towards the Taw Bridge.

The first new homes to be ready for occupation will be three-bedroom waterside apartments and town houses set within a five-storey block.

A spokesperson for housebuilder North Devon Homes said: “The design of the buildings closely references the character and materials of the local architecture, the site’s industrial history and its riverside wharf location.

“Red and buff brickwork, grey composite weatherboarding and a mixture of slate, tile and metal roofs will be used to compliment the roofscape found on the northern bank of the River Taw.”

The new homes are expected to be complete from spring 2019.


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