A mixture of apartments, shops and restaurants, a civic area complete with kiosks and market stalls, and a six-storey block are all part of more detailed plans to transform Barnstaple’s historic Oliver Buildings.

The Oliver Buildings in Barnstaple. Picture: Matt SmartThe Oliver Buildings in Barnstaple. Picture: Matt Smart

Developer Acorn Blue have revealed more details about how they want to transform the former Shapland and Petter factory.

The project will create a mixture of 29 one-to-three bedroom apartments and two-three bedroom duplexes on the upper floors, while the ground floor of the building will be used for commercial space.

The new artist’s impression also shows plans for a new ‘civic area’ with kiosk buildings and market-type stalls.

There’s also a six-storey block, designed to ‘pin-point’ the Grade-II listed buildings once the North Devon Homes development at Anchorwood Bank is complete.

Barnstaple's Oliver Buildings. Picture: ContributedBarnstaple's Oliver Buildings. Picture: Contributed

Speaking about the plans, Andrew Strathdee, Acorn Blue’s land manager, said: “We’ve realised there is an area at the front which is quite a large space which could be a civic area.

“It would be a wasted opportunity if it was just left as grass. We’re proposing to turn it into a few kiosk buildings, with a market space and stalls.

“Historically, the site contained a mass of buildings all with clear purpose, that collectively helped make the south bank a hive of activity.

“This theme was explored with The South West Design Review Panel and based upon positive feedback and some supportive thoughts, will inform the basis of a full planning application.

An artists' impression of how the redeveloped Oliver Buildings will look.An artists' impression of how the redeveloped Oliver Buildings will look.

“Through well considered design, it is intended that the Oliver Buildings site provides the opportunity for Barnstaple to bring the river back into the heart of the town.

“A well conceived, multi-functional urban space with cafes, offices and overseeing residential use, will provide a vibrant area, encouraging visitors and residents alike to stay longer and soak up all the town has to offer- on both sides of the river.”

Earlier this month the Gazette reported how developers Wessex Investors had reached a deal with Acorn to regenerate the building.

Mr Strathdee said the designs are still ‘very much a concept’, but is confident a planning application will be submitted in the autumn.