The proposed new look for Barnstaple’s Oliver Buildings will be unveiled at a public exhibition this Saturday.

An artists' impression from July showing how the redeveloped Oliver Buildings might appear under the previous proposals.An artists' impression from July showing how the redeveloped Oliver Buildings might appear under the previous proposals.

People will be able to view the plans for the Grade II listed buildings at Barnstaple Guildhall from 10.30am-2pm.

Developers Acorn Property Group and Wessex Investors believe the proposals for homes and commercial space will give a new lease of life to the former Shapland and Petter furniture factory.

The new proposals appear similar to those originally offered in the summer, with a tower at one end – but now of a different design.

The developers also seem to have opted for fewer buildings in the outdoor seating and civic area than previously.

The Oliver Buildings at Anchorwood Bank in Barnstaple. Picture: Andy KeebleThe Oliver Buildings at Anchorwood Bank in Barnstaple. Picture: Andy Keeble

The original plans proposed 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.

Subject to planning permission, the developers said they hoped to start on the site as soon as possible next year.

Andrew Strathdee, development director for Acorn said: “Following a comprehensive consultation process and our own technical analysis, we have a scheme with a balanced mix of uses and sound design and construction plan needed to successfully regenerate and convert the existing buildings.

“We are now ready to unveil our exciting proposals for the site and look forward to hearing what the public think.”