Grenadier Estates set to expand sustainable portfolio with new energy efficient office development

Peter Quincey, Director of Property, Grenadier Estates at the Grenadier 29 site

Outline planning approved for 60,000 sq ft of new offices located at Exeter Business Park

Plans for sustainable office buildings have been given the go ahead at a prime business site situated at Exeter Business Park, following proposals by sustainable property developer Grenadier Estates.

Grenadier’s plans for top-end energy-efficient offices on the two-acre site were approved by Exeter City Council, and the developer is looking at building up to 60,000 sq ft of sustainable Grade A office buildings.

Peter Quincey, Director of Property at Grenadier Estates, said: “All of our developments are built with sustainability at the forefront, and the new site at Exeter Business Park will not be any different. All buildings will meet stringent environmental standards and we will aim to optimise energy efficiency through a fabric first approach combined with renewable technologies.

“The design and specification of the new buildings will consider cradle to grave carbon which looks at the whole building lifecycle stages from construction, use and end of life.  We will also be working with Exeter City Futures to reduce the number of people coming to work by car.“

Exeter City Futures is a community interest company that is working in partnership with Exeter City Council to help the city become energy independent and congestion free by 2025, and has been involved in the scheme. CEO and founder Glenn Woodcock said: “Exeter City Futures is proud to work alongside Grenadier Estates, a great example of how we are working with developers to deliver buildings with extremely high levels of performance and energy efficiency in Exeter. This shows how forming partnerships and collaborative projects will help us achieve our energy independence goal.”

Grenadier will shortly be approaching architects for proposals and concept ideas to move the development forward. The news of the approved plans comes after Grenadier Estates announced plans to build a 22,000 sq ft, EPC A rated office building, also within the same business park. The construction of Emperor House has already begun, and will include key energy efficiency features such as a new 128 kW solar array.

Grenadier Estates acquires sustainable office site in Exeter Business Park

Artist’s impression of the new Emperor House building

Major local employer LV= set to occupy the modern eco building

Sustainable property developer Grenadier Estates has announced plans to to build an EPC A rated office building after acquiring a site on Exeter Business Park.

To be known as Emperor House, the prominent building will provide more than 22,000 sq ft of accommodation.

Peter Quincey, Director of Property at Grenadier Estates, said: “We will work alongside Summerfield Developments to create the sustainable building, which rekindles a partnership that resulted in the neighbouring Oxygen House, which holds a BREEAM rating of ‘excellent’. We are confident that together we will create a super energy-efficient building that is the hallmark of Grenadier’s portfolio.”

Grenadier has also revealed that the insurance firm LV= will take a lease from September 2017 when the build is complete. The company will move all its employees from Pynes Hill to the new building which ensures that the jobs are maintained within the Exeter area.

Jane Dickinson, Head of Protection Operations for LV= based in Exeter said: “At LV= we strive to provide a happy and productive environment for our people to work in. We also take seriously our responsibility to minimise the impact of our operations on the environment and are really pleased that we are able to do both with our move to Emperor House later this year.”

Nigel Hounslow, Director of Summerfield Developments, said: “It will be great to work with Grenadier Estates again, as the two companies worked well together previously and many of the consultants have been retained to develop Emperor House for LV=.”

Peter Quincey added: “We are focused on delivering highly sustainable projects which positively impact productivity by considering the working environment, surroundings and staff welfare. Attention to matters such as indoor air quality, thermal comfort, acoustics and interior layout has a significant impact on the health, wellbeing and productivity of employees. All these factors have been discussed and incorporated in the plans for Emperor House.”

The fully serviced, three-storey office building has been designed with two wings and a central circulation core. Key energy efficient features include high levels of air tightness, solar panels and highly efficient gas condensing boilers combined with an efficient air conditioning system. Washrooms with showers and a dedicated cycle park is intended to benefit those who choose to commute by bicycle.

Five Bells wins Gastro Pub of the Year

DevonLife Food & Drink Awards 2016

The 13th Devon Life Food & Drink Awards has recently taken place and we are delighted to announce that The Five Bells Inn won ‘Best Gastro Pub of the Year’. If that wasn’t enough of an accolade, head chef Ian Webber also won ‘Best Chef of the Year’.

Congratulations to the team and here’s to a successful 2017.

To book a table and sample the incredible menu for yourself, please follow the link

For more information regarding the Devon Life Food & Drink Awards 2016, go to

Grenadier Estates reveals hopes of a sustainable future for St Margaret’s in Exeter

Sustainable property developer Grenadier Estates has revealed its new plans for the future of a listed former school in Exeter. St Margaret’s closed its doors to pupils in 2013 when it became “financially unviable”, but the developer is set to breathe new life into the landmark buildings.

Grenadier’s Director of Property, Peter Quincey, said: “Grenadier is committed to creating visionary homes at St Margaret’s, and we are proud to announce the appointment of a team that will help us realise our vision for this unique site.”

Grenadier has been working closely with the team to ensure the special nature of the Grade II and Grade II* listed buildings will be protected and preserved during the development.

Original planning permission for the derelict St Margaret’s site was agreed in 2014, and revised plans are currently being discussed with planners. Grenadier hopes to secure planning for the final aspects of the design early in 2017, which will create 37 luxury homes on the site.

The appointed team:

Project Architect: Nigel Holt – GJR Architects
Project Manager: Rob Lillicrap – Ravenslade
Property Agents: Knight Frank
M&E Consultant: Dominic Anderson – QED
Principal Designer & Consulting Engineer: Paul Stansbie – BSW
Landscape Architects: Nick Bunn and Nick Perrett – Redbay Design
Interior Design: Elaine Millman – Grenadier Estates

Appointed Design Team for the St Margaret’s Development

St Margarets Residence logo

Grenadier Estates are proud to announce the appointment of the Design Team and Letting Agent, selected to ensure the redevelopment of St Margaret’s meets the objectives set

Principle Designer – Nigel Holt – GJR Architects
Project Manager – Rob Lillicrap – Ravenslade
Property Agents – Ed Khodabandehloo and Mark Evans – Knight Frank
Services Engineer – Dominic Anderson – QED
Consulting Engineer – Paul Stansbie – BSW
Landscaping – Nick Bunn and Nick Perrett – Redbay Design
Interior Design – Elaine Millman – Grenadier Estates

We have been working closely with the team to ensure these special, grade II and grade II* listed buildings are protected and preserved whilst increasing their energy performance by using renewable technologies and a pioneering design technique.

The new build elements will be built to PassivHaus standard and the conversion of the old Music Block to PassivHaus conversion standard.

We hope to secure planning for the final aspects of the innovative design early next year and look forward to progressing this revolutionary project!

Grenadier Estates appoints new Director of Property

Peter Quincey

Sustainable property developer Grenadier Estates has appointed Peter Quincey as its new Director of Property.

Peter will lead the Exeter-based business as it looks to broaden its portfolio of carbon neutral and energy-efficient developments in the South West. A chartered planning and development surveyor, he has delivered major housing, commercial and regeneration projects for the private and public sector across the country. He also brings a wealth of local knowledge with him, having most recently worked in strategic development and infrastructure for Devon County Council.

He said: “Grenadier Estates has an incredibly diverse and exciting portfolio with a clear objective of making a difference by becoming industry leaders through low carbon, cost-effective buildings which customers love.

“This is an incredible opportunity to develop some landmark projects which will help to promote Exeter and the South West. There is a huge opportunity for developers that understand and are at the cutting edge of carbon reduction technology.

“Grenadier Estates is positioning itself in such a way to take full advantage of this by actually demonstrating what is possible within a range of different buildings. It is very exciting for me to be at the heart of an organisation that has this truly ethical approach to development, is not afraid to take risks, and can move quickly to facilitate change.”