ECO-FRIENDLY HOMES DEVELOPED BY GRENADIER ESTATES
Grenadier prides itself on pushing the boundaries of sustainability to deliver projects that not only benefit homeowners and the community, but also the wider environment.
Using innovative technologies, designs and materials, the Exeter-based company endeavours to reduce CO2 emissions, and landfill waste for every development.
Working closely with industry experts, Grenadier carefully assesses each project on an individual basis and strive to protect or enhance existing plant life and animal habitats, as well as encouraging and welcoming new breeds and species which have a positive impact on the community.
In 2021, St Margaret’s Residences was awarded ‘Residential Development of the Year’ at the Exeter Property Awards, and ‘Best Developer’ at the Exeter Living Awards:
ACHIEVING A UK-FIRST
In 2021, St Margaret’s Residences was announced as the first property in the UK to secure an Energy Performance Certification (EPC) ‘A’ for a set of historic set of buildings. Many historic buildings do not achieve above an EPC D, and this development caught the attention of Historic England, a national body that helps people care for, enjoy, and celebrate England’s historic environment, and they are now compiling a case study on the development to showcase to other developers what can be done.
St Margaret’s Residences was originally a school for girls, and first opened in the 1902 in Southernhay West, but soon relocated to Magdalen Road during the First World War to accommodate the increase in pupils. The Head Teacher Miss Jago and her close friend Miss Edmonds, who would later become her successor, helped welcome pupils through its doors well into the 21st century.
Now entering the site’s latest chapter, St Margaret’s Residences is returning to its original use as Grenadier completed the development of the collection of Grade II and Grade II* listed buildings into new energy efficient homes for the area. By using the latest advancements in building techniques and technology, Grenadier seeks to adapt the site to meet the highest modern living standards, without compromising the historic character of the property.
Grenadier aspired to show that historic homes can be just as efficient, if not more so, than new builds. In a throw-away culture, working to preserve existing buildings and making them more energy efficient, and adaptable to change of use is key, if we are to work towards being a more environmentally friendly sector.
Grenadier is leading the way for other property developers by showcasing that sustainability is important and achievable for any company, despite the size or location of a development, or financial budget.
‘ICW is proud to be providing a 10-year structural warranty for these high-quality, energy-efficient and strikingly beautiful homes.’
RENEWABLES & MATERIALS USED
Sustainability is at the heart of every Grenadier development, and St Margaret’s Residences is no exception with the use of multiple renewable energy sources and sustainable materials which benefit both the residents and the environment.
Ground-source heat pumps have been installed to supply sustainable heating and hot water for residents, while solar panels are incorporated seamlessly into the roofs to preserve the character of the buildings and provide households with renewable energy.
Using local materials and working with local contractors wherever possible, Grenadier have reduced the carbon footprint of the development whilst supporting local, independent businesses.
As the environment takes centre stage, St Margaret’s Residences has prepared for the rising popularity of electric cars, with twelve electric car charging points for the residents to use, and capacity for more to be added as popularity grows.
Bus routes serve the Magdalen Road development with access around the city, while Exeter is a cycle-friendly city with numerous cycle routes and lanes and most destinations around the city are just a 30 minute ride away.