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 to the highest environmental standards. This would be a new step forward for a listed building, and requires exceptional thinking.

“That’s why we’re 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 while increasing their energy performance by using renewable technologies and a pioneering design technique.

Peter Quincey added: “Our ambition is achieve an EPC A rating combined with PassivHaus EnerPHit standards across the development to deliver extremely high levels of performance and energy efficiency.”

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 more than 40 luxury homes on the site.

Ed Khodabandehloo, from property consultants Knight Frank which is part of the team, said: “I am delighted to be working with Grenadier Estates on such an interesting and ground breaking project. It is rare to find a development that places so much importance on sustainability and long-term environmental impact, rather than solely on profitability.

“The innovative ways in which the team is managing to raise the bar in environmental standards, whilst fully maintaining the heritage and period features of the listed buildings, is inspiring to see. The project will no doubt set a new standard for listed conversions and I am honoured to be a part of the team bringing St Margaret’s back to life.”

The appointed team:

Project Architect: Nigel Holt – GJR Architects
Project Manager: Rob Lillicrap – Ravenslade
Property Agents: Ed Khodabandehloo and Mark Evans – 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