Grenadier launches consultation website for water sports centre

Grenadier has launched a dedicated consultation website for the proposed water sports centre for Exmouth. The new website – www.watersportscentreexmouth.co.uk – includes information on the proposed scheme, current designs, details on the consultation process and also offers the chance for the community to comment on the proposals via an online feedback form.

Peter Quincey, Director of Grenadier, said: “Gathering feedback from the community is extremely important to Grenadier and with the launch of the website, we can immediately start to gather this. Comments collected via the website and at the public consultation events will help shape our plans prior to a formal planning application being submitted at the end of November”.

“Having an online comment form available for the community means that anyone unable to attend any of the consultation events will still have the opportunity to put forward their views,” adds Peter.

In addition to the website, Grenadier are hosting a series of public consultation events to listen to the views of the local community on the proposed water sports centre plans. The events will take place from 9am to 5pm on 21 and 25 October, with a third event taking place from 5pm to 9pm on 1 November. Each of the events will be hosted at Ocean, Queen’s Drive, Exmouth.

For more information, please visit www.watersportscentreexmouth.co.uk

Designs published for public consultation on new Water Sports Centre for Exmouth

Grenadier has published its designs for a new water sports facility for Exmouth, and is encouraging members of the community to participate in a public consultation on the plans.

The proposed not-for-profit scheme, which would provide training and changing facilities alongside an outdoor events space and eateries, is intended to enhance Exmouth’s waterfront, water sports heritage and leisure amenities. Offering immediate beach access,  the venue is expected to provide services throughout the year.

We can now confirm we will be hosting a series of events to listen to the views of the local community on the proposed plans, taking place at Ocean, Queen’s Drive, Exmouth.

The community event dates are:

  • 9am to 5pm on Saturday 21st October
  • 9am to 5pm on Wednesday 25th October
  • 5pm to 9pm on Wednesday 1st November

Peter Quincey, Director of Grenadier, says: “We’re excited to be sharing our designs with the local community, and hope as many people as possible offer comments and participate in our consultation. Our goal is to build a centre that serves the town, enhances its waterfront and builds on Exmouth’s water sports heritage. The centre will play host to sports like paddle boarding, kayaking and kite surfing.”

“We’re also committed to making sure the centre delivers long-term financial benefits to the local economy, and is energy efficient to support the local environment. Our hope is this will be a real benefit to Exmouth, and it’s important to us that the local community is actively involved in this development.”

Grenadier unveils EPC A+ sustainable development in Exeter

Grenadier has funded the development of Emperor House, the company’s first EPC A+ rated office building located in Exeter Business Park, one of the city’s vibrant business hubs.

For a building to achieve an EPC A+ rating it must have the best insulation, be energy efficient and produce clean energy which will be consumed on site.

Emperor House is a three-storey, fully serviced 22,500 sq ft building featuring a highly insulated cladding system, LED lighting and a roof top solar installation with a capacity of 128kW.

The building also benefits from a resilient data and electrical supply meaning the office can continue operating in a power cut. The Emperor House solar installation alone will generate more than 120,000kWh of electricity, sufficient clean energy to power the equivalent of 40 homes and save 57 tonnes of CO2 each year.

We worked closely with Summerfield Developments, a Somerset-based developer and investor, who developed the office building and secured the pre-let of the scheme.

Peter Quincey, Director of Grenadier, says: We are constantly aiming to push the boundaries of sustainable property development and are thrilled to have delivered our first EPC A+ rated office building in Exeter. EPC A+ commercial buildings are extremely rare, making up just 0.06% of the entire stock within England and Wales, making this a fantastic achievement for the city and something we are really proud to have helped create.”

Emperor House has been let to insurance company, Liverpool Victoria (LV=), who will be relocating from Pynes Hill to the new building in November, ensuring 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 we are really pleased we have been able to do both with our move to Emperor House.”

At Grenadier, we are committed to developing properties to the same high-standard and quality of Emperor House in Exeter and Devon.

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 29. Planning permission granted

Grenadier are pleased to announce that outline planning permission has been granted for its new 60,000 sq ft office development, based on the Exeter Business Park and close to Junction 29 of the M5.
Work will now begin on detailed designs to decide how to make best use of the site. As with all of our developments, we will be striving to create buildings which have the highest level of design integrity and environmental sustainability. The new offices will be built to a minimum EPC rating of A and we intend to target EPC A+ or carbon positive.

The plot of land, currently referred to as Grenadier 29. lies between our current HQ, Oxygen House and EDF Energy’s Exeter office, Gadeon House.

Watch this space for progress updates…

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 http://fivebells.uk.com/HOME

For more information regarding the Devon Life Food & Drink Awards 2016, go to http://foodawards.devonlife.co.uk/

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

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.”