Planning Permission Granted at Exeter Quay

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Full planning permission and listed building consent granted for refurbishment and extension of Grade II listed Kennaway Stores at Exeter Quay.

This has been one of the practice’s most challenging projects to date having to balance the design of a contemporary extension with the complex conversion and restoration of a Grade II listed warehouse on a very prominent and sensitive site. The approved scheme provides seven luxury apartments at first floor with a restaurant and two retail units at ground floor.

The existing building had gone through a series of unsuccessful uses in recent years including nightclubs, restaurants and a gym. The new scheme provides a mix of uses for the site that should be more sustainable and help to attract visitors throughout the day adding to the growing vibrancy of Exeter Quayside.

A delicate balance between sensitive conservation and contemporary design.

A constructive dialogue with the planning officer and conservation officer helped to develop a proposal that would enhance the existing conservation area adding a contemporary intervention to contrast with the existing historic building. Hilton Barnfield Architects have developed strong relationships with local planning authorities and this helped to maximise the development potential of the site.

As part of the proposed scheme a large section of the existing roof will be removed and replaced with ventilated glazing to create a winter garden in the middle of the first floor. This will create a stunning feature as well as an opportunity to bring more natural light and ventilation into the apartments. The winter garden creates a shared outdoor communal area for residents and provides access to all the apartments.