Saxonvale should be a community, not a development

For our community

We’re delivering an ambitious range of place making community spaces, a new school site for St John’s, community buildings, a public Lido and other resources.

We are committed to creating community and social value in Saxonvale. As a natural extension of the town centre, Saxonvale should become integral to the daily lives of all of Frome’s residents.

The only way this can level of ambition be achieved is by reversing the conventional developer model, with all investment going into the site, and not into shareholder profit.

Community design

The Mayday plan seeks to create a new ‘place’ in Frome, of social value, with it’s own character, green infrastructure, junctions, and avenues that lead to a better community living and well being. A place is not the sum of its buildings, but the carefully created spaces that sit between, encouraging walking, meeting, sitting, thinking.

Roads take a back seat, pedestrians and cyclists are centre stage. Green corridors weave throughout the site, with further communal green spaces providing places to meet and congregate. Building height is low, letting light flow and lines of sight appear.

We’re creating a place where people can live, work, play, grow and celebrate our unique history. 

new site for st johns school in frome saxonvale

A new site for St John’s School

A school is the centre of any community and St John’s needs to secure it’s future on a new site in the centre of Frome.

The Mayday plan provides a new site for St. John’s, with increased school places in an exciting new site, connected to green space, using the existing traffic routes.


Public Outdoor Lido, Riverside Park, Saxonvale Frome

A public lido

Lidos have been enjoying a revival across the country.

The Mayday plan brings a public Lido to the town, on a riverside setting, for Fromies to swim in the open air.


Buildings for our community

The Mayday plan will deliver new buildings as community assets totalling over 3,000 sqm. some of these buildings will operate as social enterprises, owned by Mayday Saxonvale, with any profits reinvested in Frome.

  • The Pavilion Building feature building of 560 sqm overlooking the riverside park and lido with space for community cultural activities and a Mayday run café and office suite.
  • In Historic Merchants Barton, the Western Warehouse and other ancillary buildings will deliver 2,360 sqm of community assets. Current intentions include a live youth music venue, workshop space, a community regional business centre, and space for the Black Swan Arts centre.

HIstoric Merchants Barton Frome

Frome’s freshwater spring spa

Our plan will use the benefits of Frome’s freshwater spring to create a new community-owned spa, named after Merchants Barton.

Using the underwater natural spring beneath the site, the spa will offer a variety of treatments and therapies, and projected to support over 20 jobs.


Riverside playground, bridge, and picnic area

We will create a riverside park for our whole community to enjoy. Located on the banks of the river Frome, a playground and picnic area will be available to relax, play and enjoy.

The site will be connected to Willow Vale by a pedestrian and cycle bridge, giving access to the Rodden Meadow and the River Walk.