Over 150 staff have moved into a new £3m depot at Westpark26 built for Taunton council by local developer Summerfield. The council’s Direct Labour Organisation (DLO) moved into the new facilities in the last few days after construction work finished two weeks ahead of schedule.
The business park is buzzing at the moment with the Wellesley secure hospital staffed and ready to receive its first patients and another five-acre area of the estate being prepared for new buildings
TDBC commissioned the new depot, which occupies a 1.93 acre (17,500 sq ft) plot, in order to relocate from Priory Way, Taunton, releasing that site for economic redevelopment.
Construction work started in late spring this year. The depot offers a bespoke warehouse, workshops, offices, including a mezzanine area totaling 5,000 sq ft, and a large yard that suits the specific needs of the DLO.
Chris Winter, Chief Executive at Summerfield, commented: “Our vision for Westpark 26 has always been to create a diverse hub for enterprise across a variety of sectors. The completion of the DLO premises for Taunton Deane Borough Council (TDBC), along with new occupiers for Block A and a new hospital on the park, is bringing this vision to fruition. Furthermore, the DLO depot and its accompanying site infrastructure have opened up the western section of the business park for new development opportunities.
Cllr John Williams, Council Leader at TDBC, said: “Summerfield has created a bespoke depot for the DLO that is modern, fit for purpose and provides a better quality work environment for our staff. It is truly a vote of confidence in our Council and for the future of our DLO. The rapid progress of the scheme is to be commended, it was delivered ahead of schedule and on budget.
“I am delighted to see that this development, and others, demonstrates the important and positive role Westpark 26 is playing in the support of business and employment opportunities in the region. In addition, the relocation of the DLO has allowed us to sell their former site to Helston Garages Group, which has impressive redevelopment plans that will truly enhance Tone Way as the “Gateway” to Taunton. In doing so, it will bring immediate and long-term economic benefits to the Borough by ensuring this prestigious business is retained in Taunton.”